Issued: September 13, 2017
Town council opposes "unique" flats development
PICTURE: An artist's impression image of the proposed development can be downloaded HERE
Proposals for a housing development behind Epping High Street, described as "something special and unique", are being opposed by the town council.
Plans have been drawn up for six flats in two three-storey blocks designed on a forest theme and incorporating woodland and energy sustainable features.
Pedestrian access off the High Street to the development, bordering the Black Lion pub car park, would be through a 6m-7m tunnel decorated with planting and murals next to the former Torgut dry cleaners shop.
No parking spaces are provided for the scheme which would have 'parking' for 14 bicycles.
Applicant Ben Spencer told the town council's planning and general purposes committee: "It's really going to feel as if you are walking into something special. We think it's a really unique development, something that's not been seen anywhere else in the country."
Councillor Barbara Scruton said: "It looks like a storage unit to me. It's overbearing."
Town mayor Tony Church said: "It's massively overbearing. It's not in keeping with the Black Lion next door."
Committee chairman Nigel Avey said: "I find the design quite interesting. I like the idea of it being something different. I think it's a nice design but in the wrong place."
The committee is objecting for various reasons including overdevelopment, the lack of parking and amenity space, and because ground-floor residential accommodation in the High Street is not supported by the town council.