A public consultation event at the old All Saints School (formerly St. John Rigby School) in Layhams Road gave resident the first chance to look at a proposed housing development for the unused site.
The proposals are for 53 units, being a mixture of flats and houses, terraced and semi-detached, and with some units being up to three storeys high. A small office development is also planned inside the old school reception/office building.
A lot of people in Coney Hall, we suspect, will welcome a long term plan for the site, and may not be against housing in principle. The developers say the proposed building is of a much smaller combined ‘footprint’ than the existing school buildings.
However, many residents are also concerned about the traffic that will be generated by so many homes – particularly being so close to the Wickham Common Preparatory School and onto the semi-rural Layhams Road – as well as the density of housing planned. From a more technical angle, planners may question the impact on the green belt, St. John’s Church and also the Emmaus Convent to the south.
The developers are hoping to submit a formal planning application to the Council in October.