RESIDENTS of Abbots Lane in Coventry have expressed concerns that a controversial plan to build 731 apartments is due to be resubmitted after it was unanimously thrown out by the city council’s planning committee.
Complex Development Projects sought to build apartments and 711sqm of retail and commercial space on a brownfield site that has sat vacant since 2012.
The plans have since been redesigned and are being submitted in the following weeks.
Amrit Coyle, a resident of Abbots Lane said she was appalled to hear the firm was persisting with the development.
“Both I and many fellow residents of this area are concerned at the way a previous planning application was managed.
“Issues included belated notification, lack of information, public discussions and consultation until the matter was virtually at submission stage – this despite the project being explored and discussed with planners for some considerable time beforehand.”
She is also concerned about Coventry City Council Highways’ plans to open a new link to the ring road.
“The link would come from what is currently a relatively safe street for both young children, residents and people walking into town.
“This is seemingly linked to the CDP development.
“We local residents are weary of the battle to achieve and retain a reasonable quality of local life in the face of the profit motive that seems to over-ride all else these days and not just here in Coventry.”
A Complex Development Projects spokesperson said: “We have fully taken on board concerns expressed by the planning committee and residents.
“We appointed new architects who have totally redesigned the proposals over the past six months in close consultation with planning officers.
“These new plans will be presented to residents in the coming weeks before submission of the application and we hope they will be pleased with the revised scheme.
“The scheme will provide much-needed high-quality housing next to the city centre and will be a major improvement to this long derelict and contaminated site.”