When councillors turned down plans for a massive student accommodation block at the Royal Eye Infirmary last year I warned that we had to keep an eye on the developer as they could appeal the decision. And they have.
At the Planning Committee hearing into their scheme I raised concerns that the company had made no effort to consult local residents about their plans. It is incredibly disappointing that Eagle One, the developers, have ignored residents yet again and pushed ahead with their appeal for their inappropriate development. This is precisely the type of out of touch development that Plymouth does not need. Instead of pushing for an expensive appeal the developers should be consulting with local residents.
How to object
To object to Eagle One's appeal you need to write to the Government Planning Inspector. You must quote Appeal Reference Number APP/N1160/W/14/3000724. You can make objections or add to your current objections that have been forwarded to the Inspector by Plymouth City Council online at www.planningportal.gov.uk/PCS. If you do not have access to the internet the Inspector requires three copies (not a mistake, they actually want three!) sent to: The Planning Inspectorate, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol BS1 6PN. All representations must quote the appeal reference number. There is guidance on the Inspector's website about how to lodge an appeal if you are uncertain.
The press release Chaz and I have released about the decision by Eagle One to appeal the Planning Committee's decision is below. It is really important we get as many objections as possible sent to the Government Planning Inspector so they can be in no doubt that the proposed development will have a detrimental impact on the community.
Fight will continue over developer's plans for Eye Infirmary student block
The decision by Eagle One, the owners of the old Royal Eye Infirmary building, to appeal the decision to refuse planning permission for student accommodation has been condemned by local campaigners. Cllr Chaz Singh and Luke Pollard have vowed to continue their Eye Infirmary campaign.
Cllr Chaz Singh, Labour Councillor for Drake ward said:
"Local residents don't believe that the Eye Infirmary site is suitable for this massive student block. Luke and I are organising a public meeting to brief residents about this latest twist. What is important is that everyone who objected to the original application submits their objections to the Government planning inspector."
"The decision of the Planning Committee was sound - this is the wrong location for a student development of this scale. I support more purpose-built, well-managed student accommodation in the right place but this isn't the right location and so I'll be backing local residents and will continue to oppose this development. If anything local residents are even more determined to have their voices heard than they were last year."
Luke Pollard, Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport said:
"What has been most disappointing is that Eagle One have failed to consult the community about their plans. They haven't learnt the lesson from their last failed planning application where they were rightly criticised for their failure to speak with local people. Instead of consulting with the local community about their plans they've chosen to launch an expensive appeal. This smacks of an out of touch developer more concerned about profit than the community they're seeking to build in. We will fight this development all the way."
The open public meeting will be held on Saturday 17th January at 3pm at Grace Christian Centre on Gordon Terrace near the Eye Infirmary.
Members of the public have until 27 January 2015 to submit their objections to the Government Planning Inspector.