Development of The Square
Most of you will be familiar with the planning application that was submitted last year for the development of The Square, the area of land facing the war memorial. In June 2015 a planning application was submitted by Heighway Field Associates, on behalf of the owner of the site. This application proposed the removal of the commercial unit and to replace it with one retail unit, a town house and six apartments.
This application, despite having the support of officers, was refused by the District Council's Development Control Committee. This followed the decision of the Town Council to object to the application.
The applicant lodged an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate against this refusal of consent. The outcome of this appeal was published towards the end of September. The Planning Inspectorate has refused the appeal which means that the development, in its current form at least, will not take place. The grounds for refusal were the scale, form, design and materials proposed in the application.