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Council U-turn on building
WORK to redevelop the site of one of Ringwood’s oldest shops, which ground to a halt almost three months ago, is due to resume in October after a U-turn by Hampshire County Council.
Property developer Indigo5 was transforming the former Streets Toy Shop site in Christchurch Road, as well as two adjacent Victorian cottages, into four cottages, one flat and office and retail space.
But Hampshire County Council objected to the development, claiming it would reduce the width of a public right of way called Footpath 63 along Woodstock Lane.
A report from the council said: “Under the proposal, besides providing access to the proposed new properties, the upgraded surface would encourage use by other vehicles, potentially at increased speeds.
“We do not believe that sufficient consideration has been given to the fact that this is simply a public footpath and to the potential increased danger to walkers who are using the path.
“We cannot agree to the extinguishment of any part of the width of the footpath.”
Work came to a grinding halt while the applicants sought an extinguishment order from the Department of Transport, to remove the highway rights from the area.
A council spokesman said: “I can confirm that on June 24, Hampshire County Council decided to withdraw its objection to the extinguishment and issued instructions to inform the applicant and Department of Transport of this.”
Christine McNulty of Ken Parke Planning consultants said: “The extinguishment order was granted in June because the county council removed its objection.
“Work to build the four cottages is hoped to start in October.”
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