The Jesmond Avenue hoardings problem, currently under appeal, goes on and on! Highcliffe Residents’ Association member and resident of Jesmond Avenue Eric Wood has written to Sir Christopher Chope MP to ask for his support, as he has found out that there is a huge planning backlog with the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol, which could result in a decision being further delayed for at least twelve months!
Mr Wood, a former corporate lawyer whose property faces the hoardings, has become completely frustrated and says “Instead of looking on to woodland we are now looking at dark green hoardings following the refusal of houses on the site. Christchurch Council have refused a retrospective planning application by Broadbent Builders Ltd, but they have appealed and in the meantime nearby property owners are suffering blight on their ability to realise the full value of their properties by reason of the continued existence of this unlawful and hideous monstrosity.
The Highcliffe Residents Association has highlighted this issue on many occasions and expressed frustration to the Council and sympathy to the residents who live in this area. Communications Officer Mary Reader said “This issue is constantly raised at our meetings and has been going on for several years. This area is subject to an historical blight and for the sake of the residents’ sanity the issue needs to be resolved as soon as possible”.
The Christchurch Council planning reference is 8/18/1070/FUL.
UPDATE 27 November 2018:
Eric Wood writes:
I have received an interim reply from Sir Christopher Chope who simply states :
“…I share your dismay at the unacceptable delay and I have put down some Parliamentary Questions. I shall let you know when I receive responses.”