DO READ BELOW – AND DO TAKE ACTION IF YOU DON’T LIKE WHAT YOU SEE
Buildings a bit like this are heading our way. Three of them, to be precise, five-storey blocks of flats.
The above buildings are described in a planning application as ‘design precedents’ for blocks of flats to be built on the site of the former Duke of York hotel (on the corner of Frimley Road and the A30) and the adjacent, currently partly-demolished, office block in the Frimley Road.
The planning application submitted earlier this year provides illustrations of what the proposed buildings will look like, this being one of them.
Now, personally, we’re rather in favour of exciting and challenging architecture. But there’s a place for everything, and we just don’t think the top of the Frimley Road is the right place for buildings like this.
We’ve recently learned that the developer has submitted some – apparently slight – amendments to the original application. This doesn’t alter our concern; the buildings would be out-of-place in that location.
(You can see the full ‘suite’ of planning application documents, including those describing the proposed amendments, here.)
If you find the proposed buildings to be inappropriate in that location, then DO SUBMIT AN OBJECTION TO THE BOROUGH COUNCIL. This applies even if you objected to the pre-amended planning application earlier this year. THE DEADLINE IS RIDICULOUSLY TIGHT – your response must be received by the council by 9th August.
To submit an objection, simply click here. In the body of the e-mail that appears, write that you think that the design of the proposed buildings is incompatible with the the area, and add your name and address. Then just send the e-mail. Urgently!! (Don’t simply say that you don’t like the buildings; sentiment and taste don’t carry much weight in planning decisions. Incompatibility with ‘the street scene’ is more relevant.)
To an extent this is a numbers game. If you object to the planning application, do encourage others to submit objections too.
(As well as proposing buildings that are incompatible with the street scene, the planning application runs counter to a number of aspects of the Local Plan. The Camberley Eye and other local residents’ representatives will be detailing these ‘non-conformances’ in their objections too.)
Addendum. Have a look here to see what has previously been approved for the Duke of York site.