We’ve made some subtle changes to the proposal. We have reduced the total number of homes, improved the layouts of the apartments, relocated the residents amenities, and we have increased the number of emergency escapes. We have made these changes whilst retaining the key benefits that coming with a Dandara Living home.
The proposal includes 308 new homes, reduced from 313 and consisting of 147 one-bedroom, 151 two-bedroom apartments and 10 three-bedroom apartments. We have made this change to increase the availability of two-bedroom homes, accordingly 105 parking spaces are now proposed reflecting the reduced number of homes. Each home will be designed to meet the Government's size standards and the council's policy on private amenity space.
All of the new homes will be available to rent on long term assured tenancies and managed by Dandara Living. We price all of our apartments at a level that is accessible to a wide range of people.
All of the kitchens will be fitted out with integrated appliances and the bedrooms all have built in wardrobes. The two bed apartments have been designed with sharers in mind with equal sized ensuite bedrooms.
Renovated commercial units were positively received during the consultation. The new parade of shops will look out onto Church Street, Queen Square and Frogmoor. Listed buildings (locally and statutory) will be retained, restored and renovated with new buildings constructed between them. As part of our changes, we will be retaining the original features at the rear of these properties, but these will only be visible from the residents’ gardens.
Opportunities for coffee shops and restaurants to have outdoor seating should be available (subject to local authority licensing) on Frogmoor, as well as other commercial uses which are considered appropriate for this location.
The principle of a new street linking Frogmoor with Priory Road was positively received during the first consultation and remains a key feature of our proposal.
This is to be pedestrianised, improving accessibility in the town centre and will create a safe and high quality new connection for future residents and the wider community.
The creation of this new street came about through discussions with council officers, and aims to improve the movement of people as well as addressing current anti-social behaviour concerns.
It is important to us that the town centre be a safe and enjoyable space for all, not just tenants.
The proposed design is contemporary, as opposed to traditional. The buildings facing Frogmoor, Queen Square and Church Street will be similar in height to the heritage buildings we are retaining. The ground floor will provide commercial / shop units, with a maximum of three storeys of apartments above.
The new buildings along Priory Road will be three to six storeys in height. The buildings along the new street will be six storeys to eight storeys in height, with the ground floor on the North side reserved for the residents lounges and amenity spaces.
The development is designed to be accessible and located to reduce dependence on the private motor vehicle.
The majority of essential services are all within a 20 minute walk of the site, with access to high-frequency local and national public transport.
Secure cycle parking will be provided. 105 car parking spaces will be available, and accessed off Priory Road. 20% will have EV charging points with a further 20% capable of meeting future demand. Accessible spaces will be available to residents along with a Car Club supporting the wider community.
Town centre developments are less likely to attract people with a high dependency on a private vehicle. It is estimated that 70% of tenants will be unlikely to rely on a private motor vehicle.