Readers of this blog will know that the Gales Car Park layout we currently have is not compliant with the approved plans. The reasons for this are complicated – and largely due to staffing issues at Linden Homes – but the company has acknowledged this and committed to put this right.
Over the last year there have been a number of meetings with Linden Homes to agree the improvements and while this has taken much longer than it should have, plans were submitted to EHDC and have been commented on, amended and approved.
There are numerous changes to the car park. Firstly the trees in their enclosures which were resulting in unnecessary damage to cars were removed last Autumn. new trees get planted in the development in areas away from the cars. The car park steps and large bland red brick walls get taken down and replaced with more open steps giving better access to the retail area and a more village look. The plain railings are replaced with wrought iron Victorian style railings to better reflect the quality of the conservation zone and village.
Missing cobble strips, street furniture and waste bins are installed to help control litter. Planters in front of the SPAR will add colour to the village and bollards installed to the side road to prevent improper parking.
The works were given planning approval on the 6th January and must start within 2 months of approval being given. They also need to be completed within a 4 month period.
Linden Homes must submit a method statement which will set out how they carry out the works with minimum disruption to the car park and community with a requirement to keep at least 18 of the spaces open during the work.
The plan and elevation here show the final look for the car park.