Anger at 'greedy' flats developer trying to cram in accomodation

Anger at 'greedy' flats developer trying to cram in accomodation

Anger at 'greedy' flats developer trying to cram in accomodation

First published in News

DEVELOPERS have been criticised for trying to cram 38 flats on the site of a Leigh used car dealer.

Councillors are due to vote on Wednesday on developer Emex International’s plans for the site, on the corner of Leigh Road and Darlinghurst Grove.

Planners are recommending them to turn down the proposals on the grounds the three and four-storey development would blight the area.

Concerns have also been raised about traffic, as the junction is a notorious accident blackspot and on one of fire crews’ main routes between Leigh fire station and London Road.

James Courtenay, Tory councillor for Blenheim Park said: “This site needs regeneration.

Sadly, however, what is happening here is a developer getting greedy and wanting to build a huge structure well out of keeping with the area.”

A total of 23 neighbours have objected to the plans.

One of them, Lee Irwin, 39, of Darlinghurst Grove, said: “Because of the size of the development, I struggle to see any positives it would be bring.

“A four-storey building will have a dramatic impact on people’s privacy. It’s just a case of developers being greedy and wanting to cram in as much as possible.

“We’re not opposed to development, but considering how busy it is down here already, it would mean that the traffic would be bedlam.”

The application also includes what is described as a commercial unit, but Emex has refused to tell neighbours what business might move in there.

A total of 58 parking spaces are included for the flats, which would be a mixture of one, two and three-bedroom properties.

Eight of them would be offered for rent as affordable homes.

A 49-year-old London Road resident, who only wanted to be named as Michael, said: “It’s another typical example of a developer trying to maximise its profits.

“It’s a really dangerous junction.

I’ve been out to three crashes there in the past year, and more vehicles will just add to it. I want the site developed but this isn’t the right development.”

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3:17pm Tue 5 Aug 14

The King of Southend says...

Let's hope it gets turned down.
Let's hope it gets turned down. The King of Southend
  • Score: 8

3:32pm Tue 5 Aug 14

GrumpyofLeigh says...

"Needs regeneration"!!?? This is the east end of Leigh, not Glasgow.
"Needs regeneration"!!?? This is the east end of Leigh, not Glasgow. GrumpyofLeigh
  • Score: 7

3:46pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

If the junction is so dangerous there is always the option of traffic lights?
If the junction is so dangerous there is always the option of traffic lights? Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 6

3:52pm Tue 5 Aug 14

shoess3 says...

GrumpyofLeigh wrote:
"Needs regeneration"!!?? This is the east end of Leigh, not Glasgow.
What's so surprising?? There are plenty of parts of Leigh that need regeneration.
[quote][p][bold]GrumpyofLeigh[/bold] wrote: "Needs regeneration"!!?? This is the east end of Leigh, not Glasgow.[/p][/quote]What's so surprising?? There are plenty of parts of Leigh that need regeneration. shoess3
  • Score: 9

3:56pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Robin Reliant says...

Thats a BIG big plot, 38 flats don't feel out of the way, besides thought the locals would welcome that building going sooner rather than later.
Thats a BIG big plot, 38 flats don't feel out of the way, besides thought the locals would welcome that building going sooner rather than later. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 0

4:10pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

Can someone tell me how big the apartment development is at Rectory Grove/Broadway?
Looks pretty big to me, and Leigh Broadway, how much traffic problems are there already in that area?
Can someone tell me how big the apartment development is at Rectory Grove/Broadway? Looks pretty big to me, and Leigh Broadway, how much traffic problems are there already in that area? Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 5

4:16pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Sir Peter Pantsless the 3rd says...

'Off the record' I suspect the council would relish the thought of 38 x council tax revenue.
(The 'more the merrier' in their opinion)

Must admit though I'm pleasantly surprised the number of parking spaces outnumber the proposed dwellings.
(Guaranteed though if this was the now defunct tory majority making a planning permission decision for Southend and not 'Towie' Leigh it would approve 58 flats and 38 parking spaces without question!)
'Off the record' I suspect the council would relish the thought of 38 x council tax revenue. (The 'more the merrier' in their opinion) Must admit though I'm pleasantly surprised the number of parking spaces outnumber the proposed dwellings. (Guaranteed though if this was the now defunct tory majority making a planning permission decision for Southend and not 'Towie' Leigh it would approve 58 flats and 38 parking spaces without question!) Sir Peter Pantsless the 3rd
  • Score: 7

4:57pm Tue 5 Aug 14

GrumpyofLeigh says...

shoess3 wrote:
GrumpyofLeigh wrote:
"Needs regeneration"!!?? This is the east end of Leigh, not Glasgow.
What's so surprising?? There are plenty of parts of Leigh that need regeneration.
"Redevelopment" or even "development" I think you mean - "regeneration" is a strange term to use in this context and in this location.
[quote][p][bold]shoess3[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GrumpyofLeigh[/bold] wrote: "Needs regeneration"!!?? This is the east end of Leigh, not Glasgow.[/p][/quote]What's so surprising?? There are plenty of parts of Leigh that need regeneration.[/p][/quote]"Redevelopment" or even "development" I think you mean - "regeneration" is a strange term to use in this context and in this location. GrumpyofLeigh
  • Score: -1

5:27pm Tue 5 Aug 14

alarminstaller says...

Say goodbye to Sky TV those in the shadow.
Say goodbye to Sky TV those in the shadow. alarminstaller
  • Score: 5

5:49pm Tue 5 Aug 14

John Right says...

Better than sleeping in a shop doorway..
Better than sleeping in a shop doorway.. John Right
  • Score: 5

6:03pm Tue 5 Aug 14

bignosechaff says...

This site is not on the Corner of Leigh Road, Its on the corner of Darlinghurst Grove and London Road! Der..
This site is not on the Corner of Leigh Road, Its on the corner of Darlinghurst Grove and London Road! Der.. bignosechaff
  • Score: 1

6:22pm Tue 5 Aug 14

pembury53 says...

“It’s another typical example of a developer trying to maximise its profits".... well what would you expect him to do, minimise them ??? he'd put 58 on there if they could get away with it, as would anyone else........ you have to laugh though, i wonder how many of those that object vote tory ? probably most if they live in leigh, not quite so funny when tory greed comes home to roost, right on your door step....
“It’s another typical example of a developer trying to maximise its profits".... well what would you expect him to do, minimise them ??? he'd put 58 on there if they could get away with it, as would anyone else........ you have to laugh though, i wonder how many of those that object vote tory ? probably most if they live in leigh, not quite so funny when tory greed comes home to roost, right on your door step.... pembury53
  • Score: 4

6:22pm Tue 5 Aug 14

shoess3 says...

GrumpyofLeigh wrote:
shoess3 wrote:
GrumpyofLeigh wrote:
"Needs regeneration"!!?? This is the east end of Leigh, not Glasgow.
What's so surprising?? There are plenty of parts of Leigh that need regeneration.
"Redevelopment" or even "development" I think you mean - "regeneration" is a strange term to use in this context and in this location.
It's not development, it's a brown field site. Maybe this particular location doesn't require regeneration, but plenty of Leigh does. The bits around the A127 in particular.
[quote][p][bold]GrumpyofLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shoess3[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GrumpyofLeigh[/bold] wrote: "Needs regeneration"!!?? This is the east end of Leigh, not Glasgow.[/p][/quote]What's so surprising?? There are plenty of parts of Leigh that need regeneration.[/p][/quote]"Redevelopment" or even "development" I think you mean - "regeneration" is a strange term to use in this context and in this location.[/p][/quote]It's not development, it's a brown field site. Maybe this particular location doesn't require regeneration, but plenty of Leigh does. The bits around the A127 in particular. shoess3
  • Score: 8

6:40pm Tue 5 Aug 14

emcee says...

Developers, greedy? No way. I refuse to enter the idea. Absolutely atrocious to even suggest it. Whatever next,?
Developers, greedy? No way. I refuse to enter the idea. Absolutely atrocious to even suggest it. Whatever next,? emcee
  • Score: 0

10:05pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Nebs says...

A couple of nice bungalows would suit the ageing population of the borough.
A couple of nice bungalows would suit the ageing population of the borough. Nebs
  • Score: -3

9:52am Wed 6 Aug 14

Howard Cháse says...

Alternative headline.


Pots call kettles black.
Alternative headline. Pots call kettles black. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 1

5:24pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Sensible Man says...

We need a government that will stop ALL immigration - stabilise the population - and then there will be no need for any of this shoebox development. And of course a review of the benefits system - NO benefits at all after child number two. Why should people be rewarded from the hard-working taxpayer for having more and more kids?
We need a government that will stop ALL immigration - stabilise the population - and then there will be no need for any of this shoebox development. And of course a review of the benefits system - NO benefits at all after child number two. Why should people be rewarded from the hard-working taxpayer for having more and more kids? Sensible Man
  • Score: 1

1:59pm Thu 7 Aug 14

CllrJamesCourtenay says...

Oh how I do love reading the comments made by Echo website readers.

Using a little poetic licence:
'Pot Kettle', 'can't comment because you're a Tory', 'Leigh is posh, so doesn't need anything doing to it', etc etc etc.

Well I'm pleased to say to residents of Blenheim Park that the developer saw sense and withdrew the application. I do hope that the developer's plan to develop the site, will result in a good and acceptable redevelopment, that will regenerate the local area!

http://jamescourtena
y.co.uk/
Oh how I do love reading the comments made by Echo website readers. Using a little poetic licence: 'Pot Kettle', 'can't comment because you're a Tory', 'Leigh is posh, so doesn't need anything doing to it', etc etc etc. Well I'm pleased to say to residents of Blenheim Park that the developer saw sense and withdrew the application. I do hope that the developer's plan to develop the site, will result in a good and acceptable redevelopment, that will regenerate the local area! http://jamescourtena y.co.uk/ CllrJamesCourtenay
  • Score: 0

8:56am Fri 15 Aug 14

johanuk says...

Sensible Man wrote:
We need a government that will stop ALL immigration - stabilise the population - and then there will be no need for any of this shoebox development. And of course a review of the benefits system - NO benefits at all after child number two. Why should people be rewarded from the hard-working taxpayer for having more and more kids?
I must admit i totally agree with this!!!!!!!.........
.specially child benefits!, should not be a requirement these days!
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: We need a government that will stop ALL immigration - stabilise the population - and then there will be no need for any of this shoebox development. And of course a review of the benefits system - NO benefits at all after child number two. Why should people be rewarded from the hard-working taxpayer for having more and more kids?[/p][/quote]I must admit i totally agree with this!!!!!!!......... .specially child benefits!, should not be a requirement these days! johanuk
  • Score: 0

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