Many of you will know of the Grotto Pub Site. It was my local when I moved here over thirty years ago.
On Monday next a planning application (2015/2042) will be presented for the demolition of the pub and the building of nine one-bedroom flats.
There will be no provision for cars on the site because the site is adjacent to the town centre and therefore it is considered to be in a sustainable location. What do you think the likelihood is that none of the new 9 to 18 occupants of this development would have a car? Where would they park? A local told be recently that if a development was not expected to be occupied by car-owners then that should be written into the lease of the occupancy – as it is in London. Interesting idea – what do you think?
The junction of Monument Hill and Baker Street is not, to say the least, optimal. The sight lines are poor – the new wall might make it worse. The curvature of the Baker Street entrance encourages speed. The new development will reduce the width of the pavement – presently people walk over the front of the Grotto to pass each other. These are not the fault of the proposal.
The flats are entirely north facing – so the occupants could not be in their flats and overlook Hillcrest.
I welcome your views on this prominent site.