The controversial house building plans for the former Our Lady’s school site on Windsor Garth were approved by the Planning Committee last night. It appears though that the scheme may now be referred to the Secretary of State for his views.
Although the revised plans were an improvement on those originally submitted, it remains a very dense development which will add further pressures to public services in the area.
No provision has been made to provide additional parking spaces for those vehicles which will be displaced from the access road.
Astonishingly no restrictions were imposed by the committee on the use of tracked plant outside the line of the existing railings, opening up the possibility that – in wet conditions – parts of the Moor adjacent to the site might be subject to severe damage.
Although most of the existing metal railings area now being retained – allowing the existing trees and bushes to remain in place as a visual screen – on the north side of the site a new wooden fence will be installed.
No reason has been given for replacing the railings with this inferior fence, which is likely to provide less security for both residents and the Moor.