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16/00905/FULPP | Proposed residential development involving erection of extensions above both the existing Boots shop and the Wellington Centre multi-storey car park comprising a total of 43 dwelling units (15 x 1-bedroom, 25 x 2-bedroom and 3 x 3-bedroom units), to include construction of new building access cores, elevational alterations to the multi-storey car park and alterations to the entrance of Victoria House | Proposed Residential Development Wellington Centre Aldershot Hampshire
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  • Comments Received: 12
  • Objections: 10
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Comment submitted date: Fri 24 Mar 2017

It's inconceivable that anyone thinks this a good plan. It will cause major disruption to the fragile retail sector in Aldershot. It will be a massive eyesore blocking out light and views. It will not meet the need for social housing to alleviate Aldershot's homeless problem, nor the need for genuinely affordable housing for people wanting to own their homes. It will not provide a suitable environment for growing families to live in. Aldershot needs more homes but this is not the answer.

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Comment submitted date: Thu 23 Mar 2017

I'm led to believe that none of these properties will be affordable or social housing; in a town suffering with housing problems partly due to a lack of social housing- it is disgusting that a development such as this is not taking the actual needs of ordinary people in Aldershot into consideration . Another money making venture that is not helping local people whatsoever! Shameful.
I'm also concerned about the fact it will look an eyesore on top of an already ugly building.

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Comment submitted date: Thu 23 Mar 2017

I object to this plan on the grounds that it will be detrimental to Aldershot town centre. It does not fit in with the Victorian history of the town and is not an attractive building. The size of it will detract from any existing nicer, older surrounding buildings which the council claimed it wanted to help look after and promote as part of its town centre rejuvenation. It also doesn't follow council policy of having 35% affordable housing. Why have a policy if you're not going to enforce it?

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Comment submitted date: Thu 23 Mar 2017

This will be a negative impact on the town. Housing within the town centre causes antisocial behaviour.. increases the attraction for antisocial activities such as drink, littering , loitering , gravity.

The look of the building does not fit in within the aldershot historical vintage buildings and surroundings. It will tower above the other building causing disruption to the towns overal appearance. This will not be a positive man moact either. Large blocksof flats like these are never good

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Comment submitted date: Wed 14 Dec 2016

On behalf of the Civic Society.
We appreciate that there is a need for housing in the Town centre, but the proposal is totally lacking in sympathy with the Towns Victorian character. It will be visible from most parts of the town, affecting vistas, notably that from Elms Road to the south.
The housing doesn't look architecturally organic and will age badly over time.
We are also concerned about the impact on the town's retail sector during construction, as well as the loss of parking spaces.

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Comment submitted date: Mon 12 Dec 2016

Objection : Would Farnham have a new building designed like this horrible block? It is so large and unattractive. It is very imposing and architecturally old fashioned looking.

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Comment submitted date: Mon 12 Dec 2016

Objection : The site is in the middle of the town centre, and looks from the illustration on page 3 of the Design & Access statement to take up approx. one-seventh of the town centre area, and as such any development in this location will have a significant impact on the Victorian town centre. The site touches one corner of the Aldershot West Conservation Area. This must raise the expectation that any scheme put forward for the site must be of high design quality and make a positive contribution to the townscape. The proposed does not deliver this.

Whilst the existing building does not stylistically fall into step with the Victorian heritage of Aldershot Town Centre, it does display a strong architectural language: Red brick and white tiling in large sweeping statements. The proposed development does not build on any of the qualities present but rather detracts from them.

The proposed development fails this important town centre location on a number of counts:
(a) The D&A statement says: "articulated fašade to minimise impact on Victoria Road": Surely the proposed 'articulation' has a strong impact on the streetscape of Victoria Road. The blocky and squat architectural style, range of materials entirely out of keeping, 'vertical framed elements' completely out of character and with disregard for either the style of the existing building or the Victorian detail and articulation of nearby facades would all constitute serious damage to the townscape should this be granted planning permission.
(b) Due to provision of new cores there will be a net loss of public realm onto Victoria Road and Union Street. This is unacceptable.
(c) The height, volume and massing of the scheme is unacceptable. The top of the existing building is already visible from a number of angles and locations as you move around the town centre, and with the proposed height it will become an even larger, more overbearing volume in the centre of the town. The scale and massing has no relation to a human scale, and the proposed bulky additions to the existing buildings will create an unacceptably large bulk in the form of a hodge-podge of boxes for living on top of a car park.
(d) The existing 'plinth' onto Victoria Road is proposed "modified and extended to give a simple and uniformed look". It is completely unclear how this adds any value whatsoever to the scheme or streetscape, as the existing building has brick articulation that at least adds visual interest and ties it in with the style of the building.
(e) The schedule of units provided in the Design & Access statement on page 27 shows that the scheme will provide 43 'Open Market Housing' units. I assume the lack of any number of affordable housing in this schedule means no affordable housing is proposed. This is utterly unacceptable for a number of reasons: A scheme proposing such a severe harmful impact, visual or otherwise, can not just take without giving back to the town. There is a lack of affordable housing across Rushmoor and all developments must contribute in line with the council's policy of 35% affordable housing.
(f) This scheme will not stand the test of time. It will look terrible in 10-15-20 years' time, when the design approach will appear outdated and banal.
(g) There has been no community engagement on the scheme. I accept that the applicant has followed Rushmoor policy, as per their community engagement statement, but this site is so integral to the town centre and will have such a significant impact on the character and nature of the town centre that this approach is not acceptable.

On the basis of the above I strongly object to the proposed development and encourage Rushmoor planning officers and planning committee to refuse permission for this scheme and demand a complete rethink of what the site might contribute to our town. Aldershot deserves better than this in such an important location.

(Objects)

Comment submitted date: Mon 12 Dec 2016

Objection : I am not against increasing accommodation in the centre of town, I think this is a good way to increase footfall. My disagreement is based on the effect of building an ugly extension to an existing building without making an attempt to create a modern and striking development that will enhance the town centre. My concerns are on the grounds of a lack of ambition for the future of the town.

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Comment submitted date: Thu 08 Dec 2016

Objection : As a resident looking forward to the regeneration of Aldershot I was shocked and dumbfounded to see this plan to make an ugly building even more of an eyesore and taller. Everything is wrong with this visually and will only provide a landmark mistake to ruin Aldershots centre for future generations. Not to mention the lack of affordable homes and what surely will become poorly respected accomodation over 10-20years. A future Elephant and Castle ugly estate reborn. Please do not let this go ahead.

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Comment submitted date: Wed 07 Dec 2016

Representation : I wish to change and add further thoughts in respect of this application:-
1. Originally, as did many others, I had really strong views on the ugly nature of the work being proposed rather than seeking to limit the size of the new development above and to do something about the ugly facade rather then adding to it. That has been done so this view replaces my earlier view.
2. I am aware of the parking places discussion as well and have no comment to make now that area has been further clarified.
3. As for affordable housing the financial equation unfortunately does not stack up for affordable housing with this development and so as a Council we shall have to accept a commuted sum which will be significant but should not be a precedent for other schemes.
4. Finally I am pleased that London and Cambridge are going to continue to be owners and investors in Aldershot rather than some other developers who are merely looking for value and removal after they receive it.

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