Flats will be built on Eagle Tower car park
ANOTHER block of flats could soon rise up in the shadow of Cheltenham's Eagle Tower.
Developers Halebourne has been given permission by councillors to build a three-storey block in the car park of the Eagle Tower in the town centre.
The plot is immediately behind Langton Court on Montpellier Terrace and will overlook houses on Montpellier Parade.
Despite the vote at Cheltenham Borough Council's planning committee going 13 -2 in favour of allowing the development, councillors expressed doubts over the scheme.
Councillor Rob Garnham (C Park) said: "We have a policy against garden grabbing.
"Perhaps we need one against car park grabbing."
Councillor Andrew Chard (C, Leckhampton) said he was worried about taking car parking sites from the tower site, which was not full. He added: "Staff of lots of small companies find it difficult to park there and they park on the roads outside. This will make it worse."
The plans allow for a three-storey tower containing five apartments, three two-bedroom flats and two with only one bedroom."
Two nearby residents, who live in a house in Montpellier Parade which will be directly overlooked by the new block wrote to the council's planning department to object to the plans.
One said: "The proposal appears to take little notice of the Conservation Area whose purpose is being eroded by modern buildings which detract from the pleasant regency, Edwardian and Victorian houses in Montpellier and for which Cheltenham is well known."
The other resident wrote: "Having houses and gardens abutting my garden wall is a major reduction in my privacy. The comment in the proposal .. that 'only glimpse views from Montpellier Parade to the West' is preposterously inaccurate." The resident also expressed worry about traffic saying there had been a number of 'near misses.'
Following the decision, another householder in the little cul de sac, Brian Turner, said: "Given the scale of the Eagle Tower, it doesn't make much difference. I've only recently moved here and I knew that tower was there, so I don't think I can complain."
A spokesman for Halebourne Developments, based in Surrey, said: "Any developer is always very happy when they receive planning permission."