- Credit: ©ARCHANT } NORFOLK 2002.
I was interested to learn from your paper (July 19, 2013) that the Elysian works property development site plan at 28 Temple Street has been passed by the town council with only six letters of objection and one for support from members of the public. The timings for objections seem to vary.
On a notice in Lawn Vista it states that the closing date for objections is July 24, 2013; in a letter sent to residents the closing date was stated as July 16, 2013.
Is this confusion to allow the plan to be passed without any discussion of the objections by residents at the various stages? I understand that there have, in fact, been more than six letters of objection.
The area is stated to be a conservation area and Lawn Vista overlooks the Byes and is in a unique position. The houses are attractive especially when viewed from the park.
When the building yard was in operation, as far as I remember, there was not a particular problem with the parking of building vehicles as they did not stay for long periods. There was a line marked for their access to the yard but they rarely entered the yard.
Over the last few years there has been an increase in the volume of parking due to the various activities around the area.
For example: town band, brownies, dog walkers, drama club, school users, allotment users, visitors to the vets (as their car park has been built on), workers from the business at the entrance to Lawn Vista parked all day, plus the town council members when there is overspill for their meetings. This often does not leave room for residents.
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This volume of parking continues to increase and has not been helped by the limited time for parking in the car park near Lawn Vista, off Temple Street. This used to be available and unrestricted. As you can imagine, the residents of Lawn Vista are already overburdened by this volume of traffic and parking and, at present, just about manage to live with it.
If these new houses require access via Lawn Vista, and the loss of five parking places for turning, parking for present residents will be further restricted and congested and this small road will be totally overburdened.
Lawn Vista is not a wide road and does not have a pavement. This means people walk on the road. Extra turning of cars into the development would add danger for pedestrians and car drivers.
Last week I looked at the Elysian yard, 28 Temple Street, from the Temple Street side. Access was recently made available. I discovered that the near-derelict house, which has been empty for at least 10 years and is where the builders possibly started their business, has an old garage attached to it.
This is an improvised building and, if demolished, would allow cars to pass through on to Temple Street, so leaving Lawn Vista to remain how it is, without taking away our parking places.
This kind of access on to Temple Street occurs all along the road and no excuse can be made about allowing the new investment development to have the same.
It is interesting that since I looked last week, and sent my letter to the Central Planning Team, a new fence has been erected, to close off the garage and back of the derelict house!
Perhaps the investment developers can be persuaded to revise their plans and show some consideration – is that possible when financial profit is the aim?
A resident of Lawn Vista (writing on behalf of lots of people)