Gillingham Town Council’s Planning Committee approved a proposal to build 49 extra care residential units, shared communal areas and ancillary facilities.

At its meeting on September 9, committee members discussed the application which included modifying vehicular accesses, forming pedestrian accesses, parking, servicing, courtyard and landscaping at St Martins, Queen Street.

Paul Read, on behalf of the applicant, Magna Housing Ltd, said the building would be of a high specification with good thermal insulation. The need for the extra care facility would be for active older people.

Daniel Knight, architect, confirmed that previous concerns had been taken into consideration when designing the amended proposed building. The site now allows a clear view of St Mary the Virgin parish church of from Queen Street, incorporating the existing cherry tree.

The committee agreed the amended application was an improvement in design and impact on the street scene; sympathetic with the character of the area, although Cllr Von Clemens and Cllr Frith raised concerns over the height and bulk of the proposed building and possible increase in traffic and pedestrians. They abstained from voting.


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