PLANS to increase levels of social housing on the Kingsway estate in Gloucester have angered nearby residents.
The site was originally planned to contain social housing making up 30% of the total number of properties.
However, a revised planning application for part of the estate has seen that level rise to 42%, with 20 out of 67 new homes set aside for social housing.
The plans, for land near Thatcham Avenue, have provoked an angry response from nearby residents, with 18 objections submitted to Gloucester City Council’s planning committee.
Mark Kubulus, of Thatcham Avenue, said:
“We seem to have a fast growing problem of crime, litter and anti-social-behaviour way in excess of anywhere else comparatively in Gloucester.
When I purchased my property I was sold a vision for Kingsway Village which I totally embraced. However the reality is now that I was sold a lie.”
Matthew Steele, of Chivenor Way, said:
“I object to the increase in social housing as this will change the balance of the community.
When many residents purchased their properties they were informed of the type and quantity of housing and to change the ratio now would be wrong.”
However, according to the report prepared for next Tuesday’s planning committee meeting, nothing can be done to control the level of Social Housing on the site.
The report, prepared by Joann Meneaud, states:
“It is noted that the majority of concerns raised by local residents relate to the increase in the amount of social housing to be provided. It is a condition of the development at RAF Quedgeley that 30% of all housing is social housing.
The developer cannot provide less than 30% but there are no restrictions should the developer wish to exceed this amount. Therefore the increase in the numbers of social housing on this site is acceptable.
Ultimately the developer could chose to sell all the plots to a registered housing provider without any further recourse to this planning authority.”
The application will be discussed when Gloucester City Council’s planning committee meets next Tuesday.
The meeting will start at 6pm at the authority’s North Warehouse headquarters in Gloucester Docks and is open to the public.