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New Office block

A 3-storey Class B1a office building (4,600sqm office floorspace) is proposed on the north east part of the site, where Armstrong Road meets Third Avenue. The existing Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) operation, which is presently located in Bromyard House will shortly be re-located into this building. This office building will have 71 car parking spaces.

Car Parking, Servicing and Access

A two level part underground car park deck is proposed along the northern boundary of the site extending to the south to the east, between the new building on the eastern most part of the site and Bromyard House. This provides 282 car parking spaces. In addition to this at ground level are 88 parking spaces to the north and east of Bromyard House, 37 of which are to disabled standard. Disabled parking is at ground floor level only. The underground car park is imperforate along the northern boundary only and naturally ventilated. Given the nature of the office use on the site, there is no requirement for additional servicing and loading areas. The main vehicular access to the residential part of the site will be from Bromyard Avenue. Here the existing access is relocated slightly south. There is an emergency only vehicular access proposed from Third Avenue.

Phases 1 and 2

Demolition of the existing Crown Court Building and construction of new DWP office building together with 71 car parking spaces. This part of the proposal has almost been completed.

Phases 3 and 4

The refurbishment of Bromyard House, including the extension at roof level (phase 3) and construction of new residential buildings and associated car parking (phase 4). The 4th phase will commence once refurbishment of Bromyard House is in progress.

CURRENT PROPOSAL

The current application is for an amended version of the approved scheme.  The main changes are as follows:

Bromyard House

Increase number of residential units from 366 to 478 (an increase of 112 units).

Increase in live/work units from 14 to 15.

Alteration to the roof profile of additional storey

New Residential on Third Avenue

Replacement of terraced two storey block of flats with pitched roofs by a three storey block with flat roof involving change to the design

Slight reduction in the overall height and width

Increase in affordable housing provision to 21 x 3 bed units

New residential on North Boundary

Re-location of the blocks to the west/ alteration to height and depth of blocks and car parking underneath

Increase of one affordable unit for each block

Alteration to design

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