Objections to ‘overbearing’ retirement flats

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PLANS to turn a former school into 90 apartments for elderly people are being opposed by neighbouring residents who fear the development would ‘dominate the skyline’.

The old Clay Cross Junior School site is earmarked to become an extra care scheme with communal space and facilities.

The project is the first phase of a partnership between Derbyshire County Council and Chevin Housing Association to build 600 extra care scheme apartments across the county, which offer high-standard sheltered housing.

But reports to North East Derbyshire Council say there have been objections to the proposal, which would include buildings up to four storeys high.

Clay Cross Parish Council has objected to the application as there is only a single access to and from the site, because of the density and height of the building and increased traffic using the new access.

Four residents have commented on the height of the apartments, lack of privacy for surrounding homes, and that the size of the apartments is ‘overbearing and crowded and would dominate the skyline of Clay Cross.’

But planning officers said the apartments would ‘bring much-needed specialist housing to Clay Cross’.

Their report added: “The building would be located in a position where it is not considered to be detrimental to the amenity of nearby residents.’

North East Derbyshire Council’s planning board will make a decision on the scheme on August 28.