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Developer hammers out kinks in flat plan for auction house
THE sites of a former auction house and physiotherapy business in Ringwood’s Southampton Road could become 17 flats and two commercial units over three storeys.
Architect Lindsay Thompson of the Terence O’Rourke practice has put forward fresh plans for the Clark Estates UK development, and applied to demolish the buildings, after his original plans drew objections from the Ringwood Society, among others.
A neighbour has objected to the design and scale of the development, which comes after several failed bids to develop the site, currently housing the social enterprise Toy Exchange and Donate Scheme (TEDS), alongside Ringwood Physiotherapy Centre.
The plan would also allow for car and cycle parking and amenity space.
Ms Thompson’s plans were amended after design concerns – the Ringwood Society said they were following the modern template set by the gateway rather than traditional town design.
In response, Ms Thompson changed the two-storey plans to three-storey, the buildings were made narrower to fit in better with neighbouring Oakley Court and softer colours have been introduced. Now the revised drawings have been backed by the town council.
Neighbour Veronica Sullivan of Oakley Court says she realises the site should be developed but that the proposed buildings would be too big.
She told planners: “As the nearest occupier to the above development both my bedroom window and patio door will be overshadowed.”
And she said the loss of light would affect her, saying: “As a person of advanced years this is significant to the enjoyment of my home.”
But town councillors said they were pleased concerns over design had been addressed and they now consider them to fit in with “local distinctiveness”.
The plan will be decided by New Forest District Council in due course.
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