Don’t reject plans for derelict laundry site in Leigh

Derelict – many want the plans to go ahead, but Paul Range-Dye is happy with the site as it is

Derelict – many want the plans to go ahead, but Paul Range-Dye is happy with the site as it is

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NEIGHBOURS have demanded action over a site that has become a magnet for vandals after lying derelict for almost a decade.

Yet again, Southend Council is set to reject plans for redevelopment of the former Albany Laundry site, in Nelson Road, Leigh, and derelict Albany Court flats.

This time the plans were for 65 homes and the council looks set to make the decision next Wednesday.

Nearby residents and businesses have called for the redevelopment of the site, which has only been used by graffiti artists and skateboarders since the laundry closed in 2005.

Debbie Zammit, who lives three doors from AlbanyCourt said: “It’s an eyesore.

“I can’t see why it is going to be rejected again. I had no problem with the last application.

It’s just awful. Something has to be done.”

Jackie Roberts, who works in and lives above Eastwood Boulevard Post Office, opposite the site, said: “My bedroom looks over it and it’s a right mess. We used to have kids over there playing, skateboarding and everything.

“It’s about time they did something about it.”

Developer Land Charter Southend, which has applied to build 62 flats in five blocks and three three-bedroom houses on the site, has attempted to overcome previous objections by reducing the number of homes, changing the design and increasing parking to 76 spaces.

But planning officers have recommended councillors reject the plans as the firm, set up by laundry owner Mike Burton, has only offered to contribute ten units of affordable housing – half the required amount.

Land Charter Southend, which has agreed to contribute almost £43,000 towards primary education and £25,000 towards public art if plans are agreed, claims handing a third of homes over to a housing association would make the scheme financially unviable.

The District Valuer Service is assessing the claim.

Kate Nelson, in Nelson Road, said: “It’d be great if it were used to house people.

That would be brilliant. If it was social housing that would be great.”

The Environment Agency has warned the site, which is almost the size of a football pitch, is contaminated with oil and volatile organic compounds.

No-one from Land Charter Southend was available for comment.

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2:13pm Mon 3 Mar 14

pembury53 says...

so basically the developer has submitted plans, in full knowledge that each time they fail to meet the stated requirements in respect of parking and so called 'affordability'.....
..... “I can’t see why it is going to be rejected again. I had no problem with the last application" says a local resident, who seems to know as much about planning regulations as the builder......
so basically the developer has submitted plans, in full knowledge that each time they fail to meet the stated requirements in respect of parking and so called 'affordability'..... ..... “I can’t see why it is going to be rejected again. I had no problem with the last application" says a local resident, who seems to know as much about planning regulations as the builder...... pembury53
  • Score: 6

3:26pm Mon 3 Mar 14

emcee says...

And why is Paul Range-Dye happy with the site as it is (as per photo caption)?
And why is Paul Range-Dye happy with the site as it is (as per photo caption)? emcee
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6:02pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Horace Wimpole says...

Paul Range-Dye owns the shop opposite the Albany site (The Pouch of Douglas). Why is he only mentioned in the photo caption? Well, that will be down to the Echo's usual high standard of journalism.
Paul Range-Dye owns the shop opposite the Albany site (The Pouch of Douglas). Why is he only mentioned in the photo caption? Well, that will be down to the Echo's usual high standard of journalism. Horace Wimpole
  • Score: 2

7:59pm Mon 3 Mar 14

the25man says...

The Council has to blackmail all developers building housing estates into having a percentage of affordable houses as they can't build social houses themselves. What this does is makes developers make sure the houses they build to sell will cover the cost of the affordable houses if it doesn't then the land will remain unused until house price increase enough to make the development viable
The Council has to blackmail all developers building housing estates into having a percentage of affordable houses as they can't build social houses themselves. What this does is makes developers make sure the houses they build to sell will cover the cost of the affordable houses if it doesn't then the land will remain unused until house price increase enough to make the development viable the25man
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1:06pm Tue 4 Mar 14

A_Myers says...

I used to love skateboarding here. We swept the floor clear and built concrete ramps and blocks to skate. Sometimes there were over 20 of us there, just skating, building stuff and generally keeping out of trouble. It was clear nobody else wanted the space so we made the most of it.

Here are some pictures taken before it was all smashed up:

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I used to love skateboarding here. We swept the floor clear and built concrete ramps and blocks to skate. Sometimes there were over 20 of us there, just skating, building stuff and generally keeping out of trouble. It was clear nobody else wanted the space so we made the most of it. Here are some pictures taken before it was all smashed up: http://guerrilla-ska tespot-engineering.t umblr.com/page/4 A_Myers
  • Score: 1

1:38pm Tue 4 Mar 14

grippie says...

A_Myers wrote:
I used to love skateboarding here. We swept the floor clear and built concrete ramps and blocks to skate. Sometimes there were over 20 of us there, just skating, building stuff and generally keeping out of trouble. It was clear nobody else wanted the space so we made the most of it.

Here are some pictures taken before it was all smashed up:

http://guerrilla-ska

tespot-engineering.t

umblr.com/page/4
Great !

More Skateboarding Videos
[quote][p][bold]A_Myers[/bold] wrote: I used to love skateboarding here. We swept the floor clear and built concrete ramps and blocks to skate. Sometimes there were over 20 of us there, just skating, building stuff and generally keeping out of trouble. It was clear nobody else wanted the space so we made the most of it. Here are some pictures taken before it was all smashed up: http://guerrilla-ska tespot-engineering.t umblr.com/page/4[/p][/quote]Great ! More Skateboarding Videos grippie
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