Move to block plan for flats on town centre site

PUBLISHED: 13:26 14 August 2008 | UPDATED: 16:29 05 May 2010

The site of Magnolia House in Sandy   AM08magnolia1

The site of Magnolia House in Sandy AM08magnolia1

A COUNCIL is attempting to block plans to build flats in its town centre. Sandy Town Council believes Mid Beds District Council (MBDC) breached conditions of the local plan for the whole development on the site of what was once Magnolia House and the site

A COUNCIL is attempting to block plans to build flats in its town centre.

Sandy Town Council believes Mid Beds District Council (MBDC) breached conditions of the local plan for the whole development on the site of what was once Magnolia House and the site of Jordan's Yard in Sandy town centre.

There is existing planning permission for the erection of a three-storey block of offices on the site.

Now the town council says a planning application has been submitted for the erection of a three-storey block of six, two bedroom apartments on the site.

The town council says it is opposed to this change of use saying there is a shortage of office space in Sandy which would be met, in part, by the development.

Sue Foster, clerk to the town council, said: "We believed MBDC breached conditions of the local plan for the whole of the development in this area.

"The local plan laid out propositions for the use of the area in ways that would benefit the townspeople of Sandy.

"These included much-needed car parking and a variety of uses for the site. Instead there is a residential development, the site earmarked for a restaurant is now to be an office block and now there are proposals to change the use of the former Magnolia House."

A spokesman for Mid Beds District Council said: "Mid Beds has received a planning application for flats on the site of Magnolia House.

"We always take the comments of the town council into careful consideration prior to any decision being made.

"The failure of the original proposal for Jordan's Yard to provide public car parking was outweighed by the overall benefits of the scheme in regenerating a redundant town centre site.

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