The proposal is for a redevelopment of the building and site currently occupied by “Earthy” which would provide new retail units at street level with residential development above and to the rear.

The Council gave consent to an earlier application for this development in spite of objections from the Society and others. We re-iterated our objections when this application was submitted in 2014 proposing variations to the first scheme. Our objection re-iterated our concerns that the scheme would involve serious over-development of the site and that the design conflicts with the character of the Conservation Area.

The Council rejected the latest application but at the time of writing it remains unclear whether the development will proceed on the basis of the consent which was secured for the earlier scheme.