Napier Court redevelopment update

Napier Court plans
Napier Court plans
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AN updated plan for the redevelopment of Napier Court in Wisbech has been unveiled to local residents.

People were unhappy with the original plan that had been drawn up by Roddons for the former sheltered housing complex and voiced their concerns at a public consultation earlier in the summer.

Fiona Coulson, from Circle, said: “The comments were invaluable and we have a better scheme as a result of it.”

Roddons and MEPK Architects took on board the comments and made some significant changes to the plan, which was unveiled to the Wisbech and District Tenants and Residents Association at their meeting on Monday.

There were still some worried faces at the meeting in Onyx Court, Wisbech, with residents not completely satisfied with the alterations.

Trevor Daisley, who is secretary and vice chairman of the Association, said: “My main concern has always been traffic and parking. There are already a lot of problems down Elizabeth Terrace.”

Marcus Nelson, from MEPK Architects, explained they had retained a layby on Elizabeth Terrace, which is heavily used during the school runs, after many people objected to losing it.

There will be 34 parking spaces for the 24 units on the site, in line with Fenland’s planning guidelines. The number of larger family homes on the development were also reduced so there will be fewer people and so fewer vehicles. The development now consists of one three-bed house and three four-bed houses, nine one-bed flats and 11 two-bed flats. But residents are still unhappy.

Some portions of the development are four storeys high and only have stair access. Jayne Abrams pointed out there was no lift included in the plan and people with shopping and pushchairs would struggle.

Tony Roughton, from the Association, asked Fiona if Roddons could price up how much a lift would cost residents, after she explained that due to space restrictions, the service charge would potentially be split between just six units and could prove too costly to be feasible.

However, Fiona added that a similar four-storey scheme in Chatteris did not have lift facilities and, as far as she was aware, there had been no complaints. A lettings plan could also be drawn up, so residents are not put in flats they would struggle to access.

The new plan will be shown to other parties, including the town council, before it is submitted to Fenland for planning approval.

• The Tenants and Residents Association is open to everyone in Wisbech and district. Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at Onyx Court, Wisbech, at 10am.