Jeers as plans for flats in Pembroke Dock approved
10:02am Saturday 5th October 2013 in News
MEMBERS of a packed public gallery jeered as Pembrokeshire County Council’s planning committee approved plans for new flats in Pembroke Dock last week.
After much debate at the meeting in County Hall, eight members voted in favour of building 22 flats, together with the renovation and refurbishment of 17-23 Meyrick Street, while just three were against.
After the decision was made, one angry member of the public shouted: “I’m disgusted with you. You’re all supposed to be educated. You should be made to live there.”
The application from Bedwyn Pembroke Dock Ltd was recommended for approval subject to conditions, which included all units to be affordable housing.
The flats are located to the rear of the buildings fronting Meyrick Street and are accommodated within two rear wings running perpendicular to the main building as well as a detached block of flats to the northern extremity of the site. There will also be eight parking spaces.
After completion, the flats will be bought by Pembrokeshire Housing Association.
County councillor Alison Lee, who lives on 2 Meyrick Street was granted permission to address the committee.
She said: “This is not a case of ‘not in my back yard’, because if I had that attitude I would have moved long ago.
“I would love to see the properties in Meyrick Street in use and looking good. And I understand and support the need for affordable homes. But I object to this application.
“We all know that since the introduction of the bedroom tax, the need for one bedroom homes has increased. But will these really be homes? Flats squeezed into such a small area, no garden or amenity area, no parking because according to the director of development at the council it is not envisaged that there would be a high level of car ownership amongst potential occupiers. Why not? Council snobbery?”
Councillors raised concerns about over development and the lack of parking.
Councillor Peter Stock said: “It’s very much a case of cramming a pint into a half glass. We need to find a balancing act.”
Councillor Anthony Wilcox added: “There are already empty flats in the town and I’m concerned about the unknown.”
His proposal for a site visit was turned down.
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