Terraced housing plan would help
WE were surprised and disappointed to see the article last Thursday, especially the quotes from Millbarn, as we have had a lot of contact with it, including meetings and emails over the last two years.
We have discussed the new parking lease and a significant part of this has been the timing of when we would take the land back.
I was at the first meeting we had, two years ago, with the practice manager, when Debbie Breen said there was plenty of parking and it would not be unduly affected by losing the smaller left hand side of the car park.
Hall Barn has been making efforts to find a way to regulate parking on London End, to support retailers and users like the surgery. The estate has never asked for income from this.
A lot of the common land is owned by the estate and free parking has been allowed for many years.
The owner of the site is not the Hall Barn Trust – it is a separate trust which the Hon. Mrs Jenefer Farncombe does not control.
However, the estate supports the development as it will produce more parking than previous Old Town developments.
The office development will bring more people to the town and is part of the estate’s strategy of helping the town become more sustainable.
The four homes are purposefully designed as small terraced houses to accommodate people trying to get onto the housing ladder and who cannot afford to rent or buy the much larger and more expensive houses in the area. The intention is for the trust that owns the site to build and retain the houses and the offices and rent them out, rather than sell finished houses and offices.
DANIEL JONES Partner for land and business