We’ve already mentioned the proposed new retirement apartments in Park Street. However, since then we’ve visited an exhibition in the theatre of the planned development. We learned some further details. In brief, the proposal is to build sixty one one/two bedroom sheltered apartments for older people. There will be sixty one parking spaces behind the building (the adequacy of parking spaces in new developments is always contentious!). The building will be five/six storeys high. The existing vehicle accesses from Park Street will be eliminated, with access to the site being via Southwell Park Road only. Landscaping will be carried out along Park Street (this is promising – the current frontages are mixed and have little appeal.
The buildings that will be demolished are shown by the red outline in this photograph:
The site plan is shown below:
A black and white handout at the exhibition showed the proposed Park Street frontage of the building. We’re not convinced by what it shows – the building (which, of course, would be considerably taller than the ones which it replaced, being comparable with the new buildings in Park Lane nearly opposite the site) looks somewhat flat and featureless. But we recall having doubts about the new Pembroke Broadway care home frontage as shown in early drawings; we quite like the actual building now. So we’ll wait for better illustrations.
‘Renaissance Retirement’ – the developers – is inviting feedback. You’ll find the developers’ website at https://www.renaissancegroup.co.uk/camberley-surrey though it contains little information about Camberley at the moment. Feedback should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org We can’t find any deadline for feedback, but the review of feedback will be in “March – April”, so if you want to respond, don’t wait too long. No doubt the fact that there’s been an opportunity to comment will be highlighted in the planning application itself.