JPK Project’s plan sparks parking fears

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THE JPK Project’s plans to build a residential centre for people with learning difficulties has been met with opposition from Old Town residents.

Jill Parker, whose daughter has learning difficulties, has been fundraising for the scheme for many years and was delighted to announce a site for the multi-million pound development. The JPK Project’s offer of £600,000 for the Edmond Church site in Church Street was accepted in September.

Mrs Parker is currently working on a planning application but the news of her plans have been met with opposition by some residents in Brightland Road.

Brightland Road resident Michael Loxley-Harding arranged the meeting at The Lamb recently after receiving letters from his neighbours about their concerns.

He told the Herald the main common concerns among residents opposed to the plans were parking and the ‘character of the quiet residential street changing permanently if the developments goes ahead’.

The JPK Project intends to build eight flats with access on the Brightland Road, which is what is concerning the residents in the area.

Mr Loxley-Harding said, “What people are concerned about is parking because the people living in this development will need carers and other staff and they will park in Brightland Road.”

Double yellow line be being painted on the road and a devaluation in the street’s property prices were also raised as possible concerns at the meeting.

Those opposing the plans intend to hold another meeting when the plans are put forward by the JPK Project.

Mrs Parker said, “I understand the concerns of the neighbours because nobody likes change in their area.

“I was at the meeting and can understand the views and concerns of the residents. I am now looking at the issues which were raised at that meeting.”

Fundraising for the project is continuing and Mrs Parker hopes to have the plans completed by Christmas.

She said, “We are putting our planning application together as we speak and that should be before Christmas. Before we submit it, we will be holding a public presentation where all the residents will be invited to view the plans and talk about the project so that we can take there concerns on board.”

The JPK Project has also been applying to grant making trusts which have helped the project in the past.

Anyone who would like to support the JPK Project with fundraising is asked to call Mrs Parker on 486179 or email jillparkerjpk1@tiscali.co.uk.