Issued: October 11, 2017
Council opposes Kendal Avenue flats
Revised plans for a development of five flats in place of a single house in a road dubbed "the Mayfair of Epping" are worse than a previous application, the town council says.
The latest application, the third revision of plans to be submitted to Epping Forest District Council, proposes five flats instead of six, and underground parking for seven cars instead of 11, on the site of 4A Kendal Avenue.
The development is designed to be in the style of a house.
Town Mayor councillor Tony Church told Tuesday's planning and general purposes committee: "We have the Mayfair of Epping (Kendal Avenue). We need a mixture of housing, we need bungalows and flats but in the right area.
"This is a prime road for large houses. This is plainly overdevelopment and they are flats. The area here doesn't warrant flats. We need to keep the large houses there.
"I don't think flats in that area is a good planning prospect and we ought to oppose it in the strongest terms."
He added: "Kendal Avenue is a very leafy, wide avenue and we like the look of it. It's a prime road in Epping and we ought to protect the look of it.
"The residents want to keep the area as it is. "Once you start giving planning permission it does set a precedent and it will set a precedent for the whole of Kendal Avenue."
Councillor Church added that he had "great concern" over the reduction in parking spaces.
"I think this is major overdevelopment and not in keeping with the street scene. I think we should wholly object to it. This application is worse than the last."
Committee chairman councillor Nigel Avey voiced his concern over the reduced parking adding: "I find it astonishing. They must think it will be third time lucky.
"I just think this is wholly unsuitable. I hope we don't have to see this application again."
Local resident Sidney Green, of nearby Ambleside, told the meeting: "There's no question about it, that shouldn't be allowed to take place.
"They (the proposed flats) don't belong there. The design is awful in the position of Kendal Avenue. Put it into a new town then yes but not there."
He also raised concerns over the building of an underground parking area saying there are underground springs in the area.
Councillors were told four trees would be removed, with two new trees planted.