New flats and houses for derelict Gas Street site

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NEW homes are set to be built on a derelict site in Rugby town centre although nearby businesses have reservations.

The original plan to redevelop Gas Street was approved by Rugby Borough Council last year.

Businesses near to the development say not enough parking spaces have been made available for the 22 flats and three houses to be built there.

Steve and Marina Janes, who run Fastframe in Railway Terrace, have mixed feelings about the plans.

“Of course it will look better and I do think something needs to be done,” said Steve.

“I’m just concerned people visiting Rugby will see the flats and think it’s where the town becomes residential.”

The couple said they have reservations about the amount of parking spaces linked to the development.

“There’s only spaces for three vehicles,” said Marina.

“Does this mean people who live in the houses will be parking in Gas Street car park?”

The applicant now wants to make a small change to the conditions, going from level five, which would see a reduction in carbon footprint of about 10 per cent, to level three.

Level three is still a very efficient building and comfortably exceeds the Building Regulations standard.

James Martin runs Jekyll & Hyde tattoo and piercing studio in Church Street.

He said: “I think this is going to be great for our business.

“The site looks a mess at the moment anything to make it look better has got to be good.”

The change in conditions was due to be approved at last night’s (Wednesday’s) meeting of Rugby Borough Council’s Planning Committee.