The two appeals by Renaissance Retirement Ltd & the Go Ahead Group PLC against the refusal of their planning applications have been dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate. Both applications were refused for reasons relating to their effects on the Lymington Conservation Area, the setting of nearby listed buildings and the absence of a mechanism to secure appropriate contributions to the provision of affordable housing.
The Lymington Society is pleased to note the decision of the planning inspector in relation to the Lymington high Street bus station site.
The Planning Inspector agreed with the views of the Lymington Society and the NFDC Conservation Officer in stating: “The development as a whole would appear to be out of scale with its surroundings” and: “I conclude that the proposals would fail to preserve or enhance the character or appearance of the Lymington conservation area”.
Commenting on the decision, the Society Chairman, Clive Sutton, said that the Society looked forward to further proposals being brought forward which will create a scheme to merge retail with residential use with the possibility of facilities which would continue to benefit bus passengers in the future.
He said that the Inspector had recognised the considerable inconvenience caused by the closure of the bus station, although, because these issues were matters for the highway authority and the bus operators, she could not address them in relation to the redevelopment of the site. The Society hope that in any future scheme these considerable concerns, which were forcefully put forward at the appeal by various bus users, will be taken account of.
The Society look forward to commenting constructively on any further plans that are put forward for this important site and are always ready to engage with developers at a very early stage in any potential scheme.