ANGRY neighbours have hit out against plans for a new housing development because they claim it will be a blot on the landscape.
People living in Blackman Gardens, Aldershot, say amended plans to develop the former Henry Tyndale School site in Croft Road will rob them of their privacy.
They say the latest planning application fails to take their objections into account and claim that Rushmoor Council is not doing all it should to represent them.
Kingsoak Southern Counties has outline planning permission to build 17 homes and has submitted revised detailed plans after Rushmoor Council refused the original ones in October.
“For us, the consequences are pretty unacceptable,” said resident John Wall.
“There will be three-storey buildings within 25 yards of ours overlooking on to our gardens.”
Mr Wall said a sensitive design scheme was needed because Croft Road was on higher land than Blackman Gardens.
He also dismissed the plans as outrageous without any regard to residents living nearby.
Mr Wall added: “There’s no evidence that our concerns are being reflected.”
He also revealed that neighbours had signed a petition but the objections had not been taken into account.
“It’s ridiculous that the tallest properties in the proposals are overlooking us,” Mr Wall continued.
“Bungalows rather than three-storey buildings would have been better.”
He fumed that he was angry with Rushmoor Council for its submissive approach to the application.
“They seem to have an attitude there’s little they can do about it.”
Ward councillor Claire Burridge said she had not seen the plans but said she sympathised with local feeling.
She added it was frustrating that councillors elected to represent them had their hands tied by the government.
She said she advised the residents of Blackman Gardens to write and visit all the councillors sitting on the development control committee to air their concerns.
Development control manager Daryl Phillips said it was too soon for residents to be drawing their own conclusions.
“It’s very premature. We only received the plans before Christmas and there’s certainly no suggestion that any of this is acceptable.”
He said planners would come up with a recommendation to approve or refuse the plans in February.
The News contacted Kingsoak Southern Counties for a reaction to Mr Wall’s claims but had not received a response by the time this paper went to press.