Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Update on the Fruit Market
Following the recent proposal for redevelopment of the Fruit Market on Hadfield Road, I have met with the consultants putting forward the plan and with residents.
The consultants, Barton Willmore, are proposing to change the use from the commercial activity of the fruit market to residential. As mentioned, the development will consist of mostly two-storey houses with parking provision. There will also be a small park in the development.
Barton Willmore were very proactive and engaged with the local residents of City Gardens. They set up an exhibition and met with residents. Responses were coordinated by Gary Moore who made sure residents’ opinions were fed into the plans. As a result, there will be no thoroughfare between City Gardens and the new development.
I was very glad to see a constructive approach from the consultants and such a positive response from residents. This shows that by consulting before putting in a planning application, a plan can be accommodated to suit both the developer and residents.
In most planning cases this is not possible and residents can only object to the whole proposal even when they would like only some adjustments. I was really pleased with this co-operation and would like to thank Gary Moore for the work he has done.
I shall update the blog on this when the application is lodged. If nothing changes, I shall be writing in support on behalf of residents.