Back in December 2014 we wrote about the prospect of the Working Men’s Club in Obelisk Way being redeveloped. Well, that prospect has come much closer, as an outline planning application has now been submitted.
There seems to be no alternative to complete demolition of the club and replacing it with flats. The existing building has no historic value, and its current use apparently isn’t viable commercially.. So there are really only two issues: firstly, is the proposed architecture (which is only a concept at this stage) appropriate, and, secondly, is it acceptable that the new flats – sixteen in total – should have no dedicated parking spaces? (The proposal is that the residents should use on-street permit-only parking.)
We don’t see anything to object to in the proposed design. But the parking issue needs serious thought. Is there a risk that parking spaces could be allocated ‘permanently’ in the service area opposite the club? If so, would this impede the redevelopment of the London Road Block – the area between Obelisk Way and the A30? That would be bad news.