AN APPLICATION to amend a housing scheme to provide 17 extra flats in the second phase of a major development was approved at last week’s sitting of Rother District Council planning committee.
The applicant, Gemselect Limited, was originally granted permission to build a total of 70 units at Compass House (at the site of former Hollenden House), Buckhurst Road, near the junction with Sea Road. The first phase of the build - at the rear of the site - has 42 affordable housing units, which are owned by the Orbit Group housing association.
Planning officers were asked to consider a proposal in relation to the second phase of the development. The scheme is for a larger building at the front of the site, extending further west along the frontage, offering an additional 17 flats. Of the 45 private residential units, the developer intends to build 37 for the Orbit Group as ‘over 55s accommodation’, with the rest available to private buyers on the open market. The new block is similar in design the building at the rear, which councillors agreed worked well, and there will be parking for each flat. In summary it was said that the development makes full and efficient use of a brownfield site, will be acceptable in an area of mixed character, respects the amenities of adjoining residents and the school, and completes the Compass House development.
Full planning permission was granted subject to a new section 106 obligation. The modification of the scheme requires a contribution of £17,950 towards improving access for disabled in the community to reflect the increased number of now flats proposed.