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Neighbours object to plans for seven new homes in Rye Street

Residents of Rye Street in Bishop’s Stortford have reacted to renewed plans for a terrace of seven new homes with a parking protest.

Grange Builders, of Sawbridgeworth, is asking East Herts Council for planning permission to transform the former site of Mag American Auto Repair Shop and Warwick Electrical Contractors.

It says its proposals are essentially a repeat of a planning application which was approved in July 2015. The development was delayed by a probate wrangle over the land.

The existing vehicle access onto Rye Street would be closed and a new entrance created on Bryan Road.

However, the move has sparked objections from neighbours. Dr Keith Smith told EHC that the scheme contravened the council's policies on parking provision.

He wrote: “The level of parking for seven residences is inappropriate. The required level of parking... is 1.5 spaces per residences, not one. The figure also relates to two-bedroom houses, not three-bedroom houses.

“Whilst this level of parking was accepted for the neighbouring scheme at 30 Northgate End, this extra burden has to be reconsidered given that the council has also enabled, uniquely, local businesses to acquire 'residents parking permits' for this Bryan Road area.

“In short, additional parking sites should be made within the confines of this site, which just exceeds one hectare, even at the expense of housing units.”

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