Chantry Street “Tower Block” – What Do You Think?

A proposed 8 storey development for the old Ford Cottage site would provide a boost for the town say developers but Andover Town Council say it is out of character. What do you think? [Read more...]

There was an article in the Andover Advertiser this week about the planning permission being granted for the new Churchill Retirement apartments due to be built on the site of the old Ford Cottage.

Titled “Controversy Over Tower Block Plan” it was referring to Andover Town Council objecting to an 8 storey building going up on the corner of Chantry Street and West Street in Andover. Click here for the letter (PDF format).

Churchill Apartments

The objections were on the basis of it was “out of character with Andover”. Further concerns were raised that:

  • The proposed 37 car parking spaces for 96 dwellings were not enough;
  • The seven proposed retail units may not be sustainable in Andover;

There were also two letters of objection to the development – from South Street and Portland Grove.

Churchill Apartments Drawing

The developers are saying that in addition to the 96 units (and 37 parking spaces) there will be:

  • Shops
  • Restaurants
  • Cafes
  • Financial & professional services

It would give the town a boost regarding development – but do you feel this development is worth it?

The original plans were to have had a hotel located on the site however with the current economic climate this has been shelved so the choice appears to be either this development or nothing.

Churchill Apartments Aerial

What are your views on the development? A good idea? Does Andover need it? Is it out of character? Does Andover need to change? Post your views in the comments and we’ll pass them on.

To read more on the planning permission details on the TVBC system click here.

Churchill Retirement have a section dedicated to the development on their website.