The residents of Queen Street say the proposed development there will create a domino effect that will damage the historic conservation area. Queen Street is mostly made up of Victorian terraced houses, the majority lived in by owneroccupiers. Residents say tenants will not take as much care of the conservation area. Sharon Harvey said: “There are a lot of families living in this street and that’s why it’s looked after and looks the way it does.” The residents say the proposed small flats will only appeal to young people, in what is essentially a family area, and that it will inevitably increase road traffic, threatening children who play in the street. They are worried that, once one conversion has been allowed, it will set a precedent that will see families selling their houses to buy-to-let developers. Peter Rose, who lives next door to the proposed development, has worked in the building trade for 20 years, and says it breaches conservation guidelines. Until now, homeowners on the street have been subject to “closure orders”, preventing them from making similar conversions. “There have been closure orders on the street for 20 years now, meaning people cannot convert attics or basements into flats,” said Mr Rose.