Dore homes proposal ready for green light

The site of the old King Ecgbert Upper School in Dore, where houses are planned to be built

The site of the old King Ecgbert Upper School in Dore, where houses are planned to be built

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Plans to build more than 60 new homes on the site of the former King Ecgbert Upper School in Dore are expected to be approved.

Developer Bellway Homes wants to put up 64 properties - ranging from two-bedroom apartments to five-bedroom detached houses - on land where the school once stood off Furniss Avenue.

Outline permission was granted two years ago, and officers have recommended the full plans should be approved by councillors at a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday.

The designs have been amended since they were originally submitted, to improve the road layout, footpaths and reposition plots which back onto existing houses on Furniss Avenue.

Local residents, the Dore Village Society and councillors Martin Smith, Colin Ross and Joe Otten made representations. Coun Ross said toilet and storage facilities needed to be provided for the playing field next to the land.

Concerns were raised over the scale and mix of the housing types, the impact on neighbours’ privacy and the effect on Dore’s infrastructure of 250 new residents moving in.

There were also worries over traffic and pedestrian safety. “Dore village is already close to impassable, particularly in the school run, with Furniss Avenue often completely blocked,” one resident said.

But officers said: “The proposals provide a good mix of housing. The density is lower than expected, but appropriate given the constraints of the site.”

They said whether to offer playing field facilities was a decision for ‘the local community and the school’.