Plans to demolish a building and put up a block of 14 flats in Haywards Heath, have been approved.
Mid Sussex District Council has granted permission for the development with 14 car parking spaces at the Oaks, 36 Paddockhall Road, which is currently a block of five flats.
Permission for a similar application was granted in 2009, although this current application is larger than the previously approved one.
The applicant is Stuart Forrester of Banner Homes Southern Ltd.
The planning committee heard, during their meeting on July 24, that residents of Sergison Road have voiced concern regarding the building overlooking them but officers consider that there would not be a detrimental impact.
The committee granted permission, subject to the receipt of amended plans in relation to the location of the bin/cycle store to be then agreed by Chairman and Vice Chairman, and subject to the S106 and the conditions Strategic Access Management and Monitoring contribution.
Mims Davies, a ward member, spoke against the application. She said that this was a case of garden grabbing. She said the 2009 scheme was appealing but this application has a shoe horn effect. She referred to the loss of the communal garden and the drying area.
She added that the proposed development was very prominent and would result in significant overlooking.
She referred to the comments made by one of the speakers about the road being a rat-run and added that 14 car parking spaces were not acceptable for 14 apartments.
She concluded by saying that this was not the right sort of development for Haywards Heath.
The Senior Planning Officer reminded Members that parking for 14 cars was considered acceptable in the previous application, and that no concerns had been expressed by the highways authority.