The application for the development, proposed by Cottsway Housing, is registered with WODC under number 14/0020/P/FP. It would involve the demolition of existing garages, to be replaced with new affordable housing.
At its January meeting, the council agreed that the proposals would constitute overdevelopment of the site, and expressed concerns over the relative lack of garages and parking, together with the loss of green space.
Cottsway has stated in its supporting documents that the redevelopment of the site is being considered following reports from local residents about anti-social behaviour and vandalism around the garages. Cottsway previously owned the site, selling it to GreenSquare last year, but continues to be the development agent for the site.
A consultation on the proposals was held last November at the football club on Walterbush Road, with exhibition boards showing both the development layout and that of the individual properties being proposed.
Those attending were invited to complete questionnaires, and Cottsway has stated that 91% of those who filled in a questionnaire said that they would not be interested in renting one of the new properties.
Cottsway has also acknowledged that the majority of respondents had concerns about the proposals, including concerns about on-street parking, pedestrian access, reducing the amount of green space locally, and potential for flooding, although it has since attempted to address some of these issues.
50% of respondents in November said that they did not support the proposals. However, Cottsway has pointed out that it would work with WODC to ensure that the new accommodation is let to individuals, couples and families in housing need, with connections to Chippy and its neighbouring parishes.