Another day, another planning application which residents fear will destroy a characterful Victorian house, replacing it with a bland brick block of flats. This time, the proposals have been described as “sneaky” and “vandalism on a grand scale”.
A planning application for 275 Addiscombe Road was originally submitted last October, but has been amended more recently.
This is not the usual knock-down-a-grand-family-home-and-build-flats-in-its=place scheme, though. The revised scheme has been presented to the council planning department as a “mere” “Basement extension, two storey front, side and rear extension and roof extension”.
The reality is somewhat different. In fact, the “extension” will remove the grand Victorian turrets at each corner of 275 Addiscombe Road, and but for leaving some of the original walls standing, will effectively deliver a new-build block of five two-bed-roomed flats. Continue reading