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Plans for Vespasian Road Social Housing Re-Submitted

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Local News | More Houses Planned for Andover's Vespasian RoadPlans have been re-submitted to Test Valley Borough Council, to allow social housing to be built on Vespasian Road on Roman Way.

The original plans for social housing in the same location were initially submitted in August 2015, but were withdrawn by the applicant in December 2015.

The new planning application suggests that four under used car parks, containing 61 spaces are subject to anti social behaviour, the proposal is to build on three of these car parks.

Analysis of the area by architects, Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt states:

Four under used car parks with a capacity of 61 spaces suffer from anti-social behaviour. A lack of passive surveillance is also problematic throughout with most of the back gardens facing on to the car parks. Narrow uninviting pathways link the site, the landscaping is poor and ownership boundaries on the front gardens are unclear.

The new plans seek permission to build 2 x 3 Bedroom houses and 6 x 2 Bedroom Houses, two houses less than in the 2015 application.

Included in the planning application, the company seek to build a new children's play area in the fourth car park.

As part of the process, Stonewater also plan to give a facelift to the area, including the landscaping of gardens and the provision of bin stores and parking spaces on the front gardens of current properties, maintaining the level of car parking spaces in the area.

Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt conclude their planning statement with;

Stonewater Limited believes in producing high quality affordable homes in partnership with local authorities to meet housing need. Our homes are designed to be easy to use and cost effective for our residents to live in, while being attractive and enhancing the communities where we operate.

By providing much needed affordable homes on under-used car park areas, we will contribute towards meeting TVBC's pressing requirement for 2 and 3 bedroom houses. In turn, we intend to improve our existing homes through re-design and landscaping, creating off-road parking for the majority and a new play area for all.

Roman Way was the subject of much anger from local residents in 2015, after double yellow lines were painted across the estate, making parking for residents and their visitors difficult.

Planning reference: 17/00868/FULLN -

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