THURSDAY 28 JANUARY 2010Redevelopment For Calton House
Sheltered housing on Sele Farm Estate is to be redeveloped after the District Council gave the go-ahead for the £6m project.
Work will begin in March with the demolition of the existing buildings at Calton House and Calton Court.
The new complex will comprise 55 one and two bed flats, a guest suite for visitors, communal lounge and laundry, 24 hour community alarm, security door entry system and new community facilities including a doctor’s surgery.
Sugar Hut in Old Cross is facing enforcement action over unauthorised signage and changes to the entrance.
The nightspot was advised a year ago that planning permission was required and the owners assured the District Council that an application would be made. However, no such application has been forthcoming, despite repeated calls from the council.
At this month's Development Control Committee meeting, councillors authorised officers to pursue enforcement action against Sugar Hut, who will have 28 days to comply.
D&J Nails in Railway Street will be forced to close after losing an appeal for change of use.
The shop opened in May 2009 without planning permission and then submitted a retrospective application for change of use from A1 Retail to Nail Bar.
This was turned down by the council who then issued an enforcement notice against the shop. However, D&J Nails then appealed to The Planning Inspectorate who agreed with the council that the change of use would undermine the careful balance that the council seeks to maintain between shopping and other uses.
The shop now has until June to comply with the enforcement notice.
The Multi-storey car park in Gascoyne way is to close for up to six months from April for a £¾m refurbishment.
The overhaul will include resurfacing, new lighting, larger bays and a car wash.
Whilst the car park is closed, long stay users will have the option to park at the old police station in Ware Road at discounted rates. In addition, the Bircherley Green multi-storey will be open during the evening.
The car park will remain pay-and-display in line with council policy.
THURSDAY 21 JANUARY 2010Green Light For Sainsbury's
Sainsbury's have been given the go-ahead to build a new supermarket in Hartham Lane, following a public enquiry in September.
The decision by the Secretary of State comes a year and a week after planning permission was granted by the District Council last year.
Whilst recognising concerns about congestion, the Secretary endorsed a report that concluded that traffic levels would be no greater than the current morning rush-hour.
Maria Stasiak, on behalf of the Secretary of State said: "it is undoubtedly desirable that efficient use is made of this largely derelict, previously developed site. He [The Secretary] considers that one of the principal benefits of the proposal is its potential to contribute to the vitality of the town, which has been characterised as being vulnerable to decline, by increasing footfall in the town centre. He has given significant weight to this. He has also given significant weight to the opportunity the proposal presents of bringing back into beneficial use a historic building for which it would be difficult to find other uses; and to the enhancement of the Conservation Area which would result from the development. Overall, the Secretary of State concludes that these benefits outweigh the conflict with the development plan and national policy on transportation matters."