Neighbours are ‘very concerned’ over proposals to add a second storey to a building in Broadwater because they say they will lose their privacy.
Glawood Ltd has submitted an application to increase the height of Glawood House, a building in Sompting Road, by three metres to provide nine additional residential units.
Anthony Young, 76, of Wigmore Road, said the development would be ‘an inconvenience’.
He said: “The new development will have balconies which will overlook Wigmore Road and take away our privacy – they will be able to look into the bedrooms.”
It would also create a problem for residents on Kingsland Road, whose homes back on to the border of the Glawood House property.
Mr Young said: “Another storey and they will lose all their chance of sunlight at all.”
He added that it would also increase the strain on parking in an area where streets are already ‘virtually full every evening’.
Former Broadwater councillor Victoria Taylor, of Wigmore Road, particularly opposed to the plan to create balconies too.
She said: “People would be able to stand there and watch my kids eat their breakfast at the kitchen table.”
She said it was great news that the plans were recommended for refusal at a planning committee meeting, to be held on Wednesday, October 19, and was hopeful that the committee would reject the plan.
Councillor Paul Baker held a meeting for residents to discuss the issues on October 1. He said: “Having heard the residents I’ll be echoing their concerns at the planning meeting.
“They are very concerned.”
He said he believed the recommendation of refusal would be upheld but that it was ‘difficult to judge’.
He added: “There is always a demand for increased housing in Worthing, but it has to be the right kind of housing. We have to always be very concious of the effect on existing residents, it can’t be at the expense of their quality of life.”
The planning officer’s report concludes that the proposals ‘adversely affect’ properties in Kingsland and Wigmore Road and the ‘visual character’ of the area, adding that parking had not been ‘adequately addressed’.
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