Broadstone residents have been keen to find out more about plans for re-development at Dunyeats Road.
The Neighbourhood Forum’s exhibition of McCarthy and Stone’s planning application for the site at the bottom of the road, near the roundabout, attracted hundreds of residents.
“We had a continuous stream of people coming to look at the plans,” said Councillor Roy Godfrey. “Lots of issues were raised and there was real concern over the design.”
He added that everyone accepted the site was in need of redevelopment and whilst the majority of residents supported the principle of sheltered accommodation a number felt there was a need to address the lack of housing for younger people.
Councillor Vikki Slade, said: “Another issue related to the sheer scale of the proposal. The building was seen by so many people to be overbearing, and with the associated loss of open space, to impact negatively on the amenity value.”
Car parking, or rather the inadequate provision of car parking spaces generated the greatest amount of discussion.
Broadstone centre is frequently brought to a standstill because of the volume of traffic and the difficulties of finding parking spaces.
A spokesman for the Neighbourhood Forum said other issues raised included a potentially unworkable service provision for the flats and shops, reduced public access and loss of a much used footpath.
The Forum has already submitted an application to have the path classified as a public right of way.
Residents were pleased the post office would be retained.
Councillor Mike Brooke, who chairs the Neighbourhood Forum, said: “The exhibition achieved what it set out to do and that was to bring the details of the application to the attention of residents, let them study the plans, ask questions and form their own opinions about the application. From all the comments received during the morning it was very clear that the vast majority, about 97 per cent were very unhappy with the proposals.”