Two new retail units and 22 retirement homes to be built in Wallingford
31 October 2016 | Ridge News
The site, which is located within the Conservation Area (CA), was formerly occupied by Waitrose supermarket, however has been vacant for approximately 10 years. The proposal involves the demolition of the existing building, and results in the loss of retail floorspace within a primary shopping area.
In relation to the principle of development, HPP argued that two retail units would be provided alongside the 22 retirement apartments which contributed to a variety of uses within the town centre. The fact that the proposal incorporated two retail units, ensured that the development would not undermine the Wallingford shopping area. HPP demonstrated that the proposed development would help increase the vibrancy of this part of the town centre as the site had remained vacant for such a long period of time. The LPA agreed that the development would improve the vitality and vibrancy of this part of the town centre which would enhance the retailing character and function of the primary shopping frontage in which the site is located. Furthermore, the LPA recognised that there is a significant need for the type of housing required and the location is highly sustainable.
In relation to the CA, HPP argued that the development would be appropriate to its context and would add vibrancy to this part of the Area. This redevelopment would better reveal the significance of St Martin’s Street as a valuable and welcoming thoroughfare through Wallingford. The proposal is sympathetically designed, would enhance the appearance of the CA and would improve the standard of design in the area.