Plan lodged for a bet­ter-look­ing multi-storey site

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

by JAS­MINE RAPSON jas­mine.rapson@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @Get_Bucks

FRESH plans for a mul­ti­storey car park in Ger­rards Cross have been sub­mit­ted to the coun­cil.

Orig­i­nal pro­pos­als for the site in Sta­tion Road were thrown out last year af­ter South Bucks Dis­trict Coun­cil (SBDC) re­ceived a raft of com­plaints over the size and de­sign of the build­ing.

Now the coun­cil has de­vel­oped a new set of draw­ings along­side devel­op­ers Bal­four Beatty, which pro­pose to ex­tend the car park by four and a half floors with an addi- tional 320 spa­ces.

More trees and pat­terned pan­els have been in­tro­duced in a bid to im­prove the car park’s ap­pear­ance.

Ac­cord­ing to the plans the build­ing has been de­signed to “min­imise the im­pact” on neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties, while lev­els four and five have been stepped back on Sta­tion Road.

The ap­pli­ca­tion states: “In re­sponse to the brief, site con­straints, set­ting and neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties, the build­ing has been de­signed as a struc­turally in­de­pen­dent build­ing which is sym­pa­thetic to the gen­eral mass­ing of the ex­ist­ing streetscape.

“The up­per floors of the car park step back from the Sta­tion Road, there­fore are not vis­i­ble from the street.

“The per­spec­tive views and el­e­va­tions demon­strate how the height and mass of the build­ing sits com­fort­ably in the streetscape.

“There are tall trees and a hedge line pro­posed be­tween the back of the pave­ment and the car park frontage to fur­ther soften the ap­pear­ance of the car park and im­prove the streetscape as a whole.”

The ap­pli­ca­tion also claims res­i­dents “ac­knowl­edge de­sign im- prove­ments” at a pub­lic dis­play of the new pro­pos­als in May.

The plan­ning process for the car park has been long and con­tro­ver­sial among some res­i­dents who com­pared orig­i­nal de­signs to a cheese grater.

Ear­lier this month SBDC faced fur­ther crit­i­cism af­ter it was re­vealed £780,000 had been spent on the car park plans, with one res­i­dent ques­tion­ing why the money had not been ploughed in to the dis­trict’s de­te­ri­o­rat­ing roads.

Af­ter the new plans came to light in May, Ger­rards Cross res­i­dent, Keith Edwards, said the “slight de­sign changes” to the pro­pos­als will not ad­dress con­cerns re­gard­ing the size of the build­ing.

The plans on the SBDC web­site have so far re­ceived one let­ter of re­sponse from a res­i­dent who slammed the “over­pow­er­ing de­vel­op­ment”, and added Sta­tion Road is “too nar­row” for more traf­fic.

How­ever the plans state the build­ing should “re­spond and cor­re­late” to the ex­ist­ing street scene, and the height is not ex­pected to ex­ceed the neigh­bour­ing build­ings.

To view the ap­pli­ca­tion visit: https://pa.chiltern­south­­pli­ca­tions/ap­pli­ca­tionDe­­tiveTa

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