Plans would ‘blight’ village

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PLANS to redevelop a disused bus garage in the centre of Nayland have been firmly opposed by the parish council and residents.

The council considered applications for conservation area consent to demolish the garage, listed building consent for alterations to adjoining 9 Mill Street and a plan to build a pair of semi-detached houses with associated parking on the garage site, at a meeting last week.

Chairman Gerry Battye said the council had received a considerable amount of correspondence from neighbours and the conservation society objecting to the development of the last brownfield site in the village centre.

Villager Margaret Almond told the meeting she and her husband felt their lives would be “blighted” by the size of the houses. The couple would be overlooked by eight first-floor windows and would have a two-storey building not only at the side of their home, but curving round the rear of their 30ft garden.

Councillors objected to the proposals by five votes to one and called for a full planning committee site meeting to assess their impact on the streetscape and neighbouring properties.

Sole supporter was Hector Bunting who felt the plans would make good use of the redundant garage.

Summarising the council’s view, Mr Battye said: “These proposals fail to enhance the built and historic environment within the conservation area. “The scale, form and detailed design of the development are not appropriate to this very special location in this historic village centre.”

A similar plan submitted two years ago was subsequently withdrawn.