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Residents raise objections to plans to build homes on open land

Plans to build four homes on open land off Cranbrook Drive have been criticised by nearby residents.

Boravale Properties wants to build two pairs of three-bed semi-detached houses in Dorchester Close.

But responding to the plans online, a resident said: “It will take away a great deal of green space. This is the only area on the estate for residents to walk and children to play. More housing in that area will take away a big percentage.”

Another wrote: “Limited parking (is) currently available and the excess cars will be forced to park on the already busy Cranbrook Drive and perhaps cause an accident.”

A Facebook group opposing the plans, Save Dorchester Close Green Space, has been started and is due to meet to discuss the development at the Furze Platt Memorial Hall, in Furze Platt Road, at 7pm on Tuesday.

It has been formed by Janet Razavi, who lives near the green. She said: “The ultimate goal is to have a group of us to actually meet with a councillor and come up with a valid argument.”

Developers Boravale Properties says the ‘majority of the application site, 76 per cent, will be enhanced’ with landscaping and be used as green space.

A spokesman for Boravale said: "This is an opportunity to build four high quality, energy efficient private family homes in an existing urban area.

"The urgent need for family housing is well documented within RBWM and the scheme provides one opportunity to assist with meeting that need, and in line with government policy of bringing smaller sites forward for development to achieve speedier delivery of homes. Two designated parking spaces are to be provided per dwelling in line with standards so no additional parking stress is anticipated to occur. 

"In addition, 76 per cent of the amenity green space will be retained and fundamentally improved visually and functionally for the use of existing and future residents.

"A landscape architect has developed a stunning design which incorporates existing species with new, additional planting, high quality seating and lighting to increase surveillance and reduce antisocial behaviour that has been reported in the area."

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