AHA- Affordable Housing in Arundel
Invites your support to preserve Arundel.
In December 2016 'Renaissance Retirement' presented plans to build a complex of 49 luxury retirement flats in Fitzalan Road, rising approximately 15m in height and stretching about 90m in length. It is set only about 2m from the highway and has minimal landscaping around it. In August 2017 they submitted an almost identical scheme for 45 flats;
Many people object to this scheme and the current principle objections are:
Arundel's Neighbourhood Plan for 2014-19: supported by residents and the Town Council, it allows for 24 units on the site of which 30% should be affordable;
Impact on neighbours: the block will tower twice the height of neighbouring housing (in Queens Lane and Fitzalan Road), block light to houses and gardens, restrict views, and create an overbearing and oppressive loss of privacy and amenity;
Views from Arundel Conservation Area: the block will be highly visible and obstruct important views into and out of the Arundel Conservation Area. These views are protected pursuant to Area Policy 3 of the Arun District Council Local Plan;
Light and noise pollution: over 40 windows, 59 doors and 15 balconies are planned to face northwards, overlooking neighbours and facing towards the Conservation Area;
Insufficient Car parking: 34 car-park spaces are proposed for 45 luxury flats. Taking into account visiting family and staff such as cleaners, carers and maintenance people, there will be an overspill into the overcrowded surrounding streets;
Building too many units on the flood plain in proximity to a major drain: the site is identified by the Environment Agency as an area of high risk;
Demolition of Victorian buildings: the proposal includes the demolition of one of the few remaining Victorian industrial buildings relevant to Arundel’s industrial past; and,
Retirement housing: Five retirement blocks already exist within Arundel (with vacancies). AHA supports the construction of up to 24 cottages with private gardens and parking, sympathetically designed using quality materials. Up to 30% of the homes should be lower cost housing for younger families, which are so vital for the town’s future.
If you share one or more of the above concerns or wish to add further observations or would like to help this campaign, please sign this online petition and make objections directly to Arun District Council (http://www.arun.gov.uk/weekly-lists) by entering planning reference AB/77/17/PL; or contact AHA directly:
John Munro - Flat 11, Westbury Lodge, Queens lane, Arundel, BN18 9RZ
Adrian Burrows - Riverside House, 2 Fitzalan Road, Arundel, BN18 9JS
firstname.lastname@example.org / 07957 209107