Labour councillor Roma Mills has spoken out against the plan for large blocks of flats at the site of the former Maryland Convent in Townsend Drive. The Batchwood Labour councillor said at a planning meeting, “the flats will be out of character with the immediate surroundings please do not blight this area of Batchwood” . The Developers have stated that all the flats, including three and four bedroom properties, will be for people over the age of 55 years only and so have applied the parking standards for ‘elderly accommodation, a mere 1.25 spaces per unit. Roma made the point that this was quite inadequate for housing of this size.
Together with fellow councillor Malachy Pakenham, she was supporting residents in their opposition to the plan by Beechcroft Developments to build forty five flats in four blocks on the site.
Residents applauded the arguments put forward and the Planning Committee rejected a scheme for the site for the second time in five months.