A PUBLIC inquiry into plans to build homes for the over 55s in Stratford starts next week.
It follows an appeal by McCarthy & Stone Retirement Lifestyles Ltd and Exemplar Homes against Stratford District Council’s decision to reject its proposals to build at 221 Banbury Road.
Developers were originally looking to knock down the existing building and construct 21 homes for the over 55s along with plans to landscape the area and build a car park.
But members of the planning committee refused permission back in October on the grounds the scale of the project was too large, and would result in over-development of the site.
They expressed fears about the adverse impact on neighbouring amenities due to a loss of sunlight while concerns were also raised about a lack of developer funding contributions, which they said would place further pressure on existing facilities and services.
Proceedings get under way from 10am on Wednesday (August 3) at the district council offices in Church Street and the inquiry is expected to last two days.
Members of the public can attend and voice their opinions at the discretion of the government planning inspector, who will then decide whether to accept or reject the appeal.