Flats plan to go ahead

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A FOUR-storey block of flats will replace 16 bungalows in the city centre.

The plans for the 32 flats on Thornhill Street were approved by Wakefield Council’s planning committee, despite concerns about limited parking spaces.

A petition of 173 signatures was collected in objection to plans for a four-storey building on the site of the bungalows.

The plans were reduced after public consultations last year, when residents protested at plans for a five-storey building.

The revised plans were deferred by the committee in March but were approved last week.

Residents have criticised the decision, saying the flats will add to already strained parking provision in the area.

Speaking at the planning meeting, Khalid Hussain, of New Wells Terrace, said: “We believe that the report given to the committee has inaccuracies.

“The parking survey was carried out in the day at a time when most residents were at work or on school runs, and doesn’t reflect the severity of the problem.”

The planning committee agreed that there were limited parking spaces in the area.

But they approved the application on the grounds that the need for housing in the district outweighed the parking problems.

Speaking at the meeting, Coun Janet Holmes said: “We are all aware of the need for houses.

“I know there is a need for parking, but I think people want a home more than they want a parking space.”