Christchurch residents frustrated by huge warehouse, vow to take complaints against council and developers to the top

Bournemouth Echo: FIGHTING FIT: Linda Clarke, Chair of the Grange Residents’ Association, with members beside a warehouse that sits behind houses on Grange Road FIGHTING FIT: Linda Clarke, Chair of the Grange Residents’ Association, with members beside a warehouse that sits behind houses on Grange Road

FRUSTRATED residents campaigning against a huge warehouse built just metres from their gardens say they will take their fight to the top.

Members of the Grange Residents Association will be submitting a complaint to the local government ombudsman over the “intrusive” Kondor warehouse built just behind their houses in Grange Road.

They claim the council should have refused the application for the 46ft metal clad structure, which they say has impacted on their health. They have already raised strong concerns about the loss of light and proximity of the building to the homes as well as the height of a proposed bund to screen the building.

Now they say they have had enough, especially with ongoing issues like the bright security lights and noise from air conditioning and extractor fan units.

Linda Clarke, chairman of the residents’ group said: “When those lights come on its like Blackpool illuminations.

“I just want to live in my house that I have paid for and worked for and lived quietly in until now.

“I don’t want to live here anymore; my quality of life has gone down and nobody is listening.”

She is supported by fellow residents, who claim they feel particularly aggrieved because they had assurances when a similar structure was built further away on the industrial land in 2010 that no building of similar height would be permitted closer to their homes.

The residents’ main complaints to the ombudsman focus on the applicant’s report and officer’s report, the distance of the building from residential properties, light deprivation and overlooking.

They have also raised concerns over the meeting itself.

Ward councillor David Jones said: “I feel that the residents have had very unsatisfactory treatment. The committee were not given a fair understanding of the shadow and how it would affect the residents’ homes.

“I asked the committee on behalf of the residents to ‘lighten their darkness’ – far from doing this, Kondor have now added everlasting noise to the dark.”

n Christchurch council’s planning committee refused to grant retrospective permission for the air conditioning units at a meeting on Thursday, February 27.

Kondor refused to comment on the decision.

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4:03pm Tue 11 Mar 14

uberbloke says...

That's an arms folded classic...
That's an arms folded classic... uberbloke
  • Score: 30

4:14pm Tue 11 Mar 14

hooplaa says...

Interested to know how it has affected their health! Money talks and buildings get built!

'n Christchurch council’s ' The reporter is getting down with the kids!
Interested to know how it has affected their health! Money talks and buildings get built! 'n Christchurch council’s ' The reporter is getting down with the kids! hooplaa
  • Score: 8

4:34pm Tue 11 Mar 14

pete woodley says...

uberbloke wrote:
That's an arms folded classic...
One of the best yey beats the creekmoor lot.
[quote][p][bold]uberbloke[/bold] wrote: That's an arms folded classic...[/p][/quote]One of the best yey beats the creekmoor lot. pete woodley
  • Score: 17

4:47pm Tue 11 Mar 14

kazza98765 says...

I bet they wish they had not opposed the permanent travellers site now. It would be a lot easier on the eye for them.
I bet they wish they had not opposed the permanent travellers site now. It would be a lot easier on the eye for them. kazza98765
  • Score: 11

4:56pm Tue 11 Mar 14

pete woodley says...

Look at me, i am a chairman.
Look at me, i am a chairman. pete woodley
  • Score: 3

5:26pm Tue 11 Mar 14

BmthNewshound says...

If you look carefully you can see that trees and shrubs have been planted to help screen the building. Its a bit late complaining about the building after planning permission has been granted and it has been built.
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Agree with Uberbloke - great classic Echo arms folded pose.
If you look carefully you can see that trees and shrubs have been planted to help screen the building. Its a bit late complaining about the building after planning permission has been granted and it has been built. . Agree with Uberbloke - great classic Echo arms folded pose. BmthNewshound
  • Score: 12

5:27pm Tue 11 Mar 14

JackJohnson says...

kazza98765 wrote:
I bet they wish they had not opposed the permanent travellers site now. It would be a lot easier on the eye for them.
I hope you're joking. I'd rather have a scrapyard next door to me, than a travellers site.

This warehouse doesn't look too bad. Hopefully they can sort out the noise problems.
[quote][p][bold]kazza98765[/bold] wrote: I bet they wish they had not opposed the permanent travellers site now. It would be a lot easier on the eye for them.[/p][/quote]I hope you're joking. I'd rather have a scrapyard next door to me, than a travellers site. This warehouse doesn't look too bad. Hopefully they can sort out the noise problems. JackJohnson
  • Score: 3

5:41pm Tue 11 Mar 14

ShuttleX says...

FRUSTRATED residents campaigning against a huge warehouse built just metres from their gardens say they will take their fight to the top.

Anybody know how many metres? 3? 30? 300?3000? Anything being built nowadays will have an impact on somebody. I'm afraid it's a case of lump it.
FRUSTRATED residents campaigning against a huge warehouse built just metres from their gardens say they will take their fight to the top. Anybody know how many metres? 3? 30? 300?3000? Anything being built nowadays will have an impact on somebody. I'm afraid it's a case of lump it. ShuttleX
  • Score: 9

5:59pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Townee says...

I wonder if they would like to have houses full of Uni students living next door.
I wonder if they would like to have houses full of Uni students living next door. Townee
  • Score: 8

9:13pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Tictock says...

Looks like Mr Humps, Mrs Hump, Miss Hump, Ms Hump, Uncle and Aunty Hump with Granma Hump in front! Or is it the Cross family?
Looks like Mr Humps, Mrs Hump, Miss Hump, Ms Hump, Uncle and Aunty Hump with Granma Hump in front! Or is it the Cross family? Tictock
  • Score: 7

10:04pm Tue 11 Mar 14

BIGTONE says...

OY!
You at the back........you're not doing the Ec Ho...Ho...Ho...fold.
OY! You at the back........you're not doing the Ec Ho...Ho...Ho...fold. BIGTONE
  • Score: 3

10:32pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Yankee1 says...

Their complaints were relevant when the Council considered the proposal to build. Their only recourse is to establish, before a tribunal or appeals court, that the business has not complied with the details enshrined in the granted planning permission. For example: light; noise; traffic. They will need to get access to the planning permission; have a studied carried out (at their expense) and launch a civil proceedings, unless the Council itself recognises that building regs have been breached.

Civil cases before High Court may result in the petitioners covering the costs of the defendants if they lose. Were they there are the planning permission stage? The rules are fairly clear.
Their complaints were relevant when the Council considered the proposal to build. Their only recourse is to establish, before a tribunal or appeals court, that the business has not complied with the details enshrined in the granted planning permission. For example: light; noise; traffic. They will need to get access to the planning permission; have a studied carried out (at their expense) and launch a civil proceedings, unless the Council itself recognises that building regs have been breached. Civil cases before High Court may result in the petitioners covering the costs of the defendants if they lose. Were they there are the planning permission stage? The rules are fairly clear. Yankee1
  • Score: 2

10:33pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Yankee1 says...

pete woodley wrote:
uberbloke wrote:
That's an arms folded classic...
One of the best yey beats the creekmoor lot.
It is an art that has been lost of late in The Echo. My confidence is restored.
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]uberbloke[/bold] wrote: That's an arms folded classic...[/p][/quote]One of the best yey beats the creekmoor lot.[/p][/quote]It is an art that has been lost of late in The Echo. My confidence is restored. Yankee1
  • Score: 9

10:34pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Yankee1 says...

pete woodley wrote:
Look at me, i am a chairman.
ChairPERSON, Pete. Get with the PC brigade.
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Look at me, i am a chairman.[/p][/quote]ChairPERSON, Pete. Get with the PC brigade. Yankee1
  • Score: 2

10:35pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Yankee1 says...

JackJohnson wrote:
kazza98765 wrote:
I bet they wish they had not opposed the permanent travellers site now. It would be a lot easier on the eye for them.
I hope you're joking. I'd rather have a scrapyard next door to me, than a travellers site.

This warehouse doesn't look too bad. Hopefully they can sort out the noise problems.
'I'd rather have a scrapyard next door to me, than a travellers site.'


Honestly....Is there any difference?
[quote][p][bold]JackJohnson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kazza98765[/bold] wrote: I bet they wish they had not opposed the permanent travellers site now. It would be a lot easier on the eye for them.[/p][/quote]I hope you're joking. I'd rather have a scrapyard next door to me, than a travellers site. This warehouse doesn't look too bad. Hopefully they can sort out the noise problems.[/p][/quote]'I'd rather have a scrapyard next door to me, than a travellers site.' Honestly....Is there any difference? Yankee1
  • Score: 4

11:36pm Tue 11 Mar 14

pete woodley says...

Yankee1 wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
Look at me, i am a chairman.
ChairPERSON, Pete. Get with the PC brigade.
Sorry it must be my old age.
[quote][p][bold]Yankee1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Look at me, i am a chairman.[/p][/quote]ChairPERSON, Pete. Get with the PC brigade.[/p][/quote]Sorry it must be my old age. pete woodley
  • Score: 2

11:51pm Tue 11 Mar 14

pete woodley says...

Loss of light !, absolutely ridiculous,harmful to health !.
Loss of light !, absolutely ridiculous,harmful to health !. pete woodley
  • Score: -1

6:57am Wed 12 Mar 14

whataboutthat says...

Superb arm-folder. Best in a long time. Welll done Corin!
Superb arm-folder. Best in a long time. Welll done Corin! whataboutthat
  • Score: 4

8:33am Wed 12 Mar 14

Tech-Man says...

So you buy a house next to an industrial area and you expect .... what? fluffy bunnies and sea views?.

It could have been a manufacturing business, a car garage or a 24 hour Tesco’s!!
So you buy a house next to an industrial area and you expect .... what? fluffy bunnies and sea views?. It could have been a manufacturing business, a car garage or a 24 hour Tesco’s!! Tech-Man
  • Score: 4

8:43am Wed 12 Mar 14

Hessenford says...

I fail to see how this warehouse is harmful to anyone's health and I fail to see how the light is going to be blocked, this isn't a skyscraper and the houses are more than just a few meters away which is suggested in the story, I believe that you have to live in a property for 20 years before you can claim a right to light.
I fail to see how this warehouse is harmful to anyone's health and I fail to see how the light is going to be blocked, this isn't a skyscraper and the houses are more than just a few meters away which is suggested in the story, I believe that you have to live in a property for 20 years before you can claim a right to light. Hessenford
  • Score: 5

10:22am Wed 12 Mar 14

BarrHumbug says...

BmthNewshound wrote:
If you look carefully you can see that trees and shrubs have been planted to help screen the building. Its a bit late complaining about the building after planning permission has been granted and it has been built.
.
Agree with Uberbloke - great classic Echo arms folded pose.
Grange Road is a row of about 12 houses surrounded by industrial units and businesses and you thought that would be a good place to move to?
Perhaps with the money you saved by not buying in a nice location you could use it towards some thicker net curtains and ear plugs?
[quote][p][bold]BmthNewshound[/bold] wrote: If you look carefully you can see that trees and shrubs have been planted to help screen the building. Its a bit late complaining about the building after planning permission has been granted and it has been built. . Agree with Uberbloke - great classic Echo arms folded pose.[/p][/quote]Grange Road is a row of about 12 houses surrounded by industrial units and businesses and you thought that would be a good place to move to? Perhaps with the money you saved by not buying in a nice location you could use it towards some thicker net curtains and ear plugs? BarrHumbug
  • Score: 1

10:24am Wed 12 Mar 14

BarrHumbug says...

Not sure why it picked up the quote? my mistake.
Not sure why it picked up the quote? my mistake. BarrHumbug
  • Score: -2

1:01pm Wed 12 Mar 14

JackJohnson says...

Yankee1 wrote:
JackJohnson wrote:
kazza98765 wrote:
I bet they wish they had not opposed the permanent travellers site now. It would be a lot easier on the eye for them.
I hope you're joking. I'd rather have a scrapyard next door to me, than a travellers site.

This warehouse doesn't look too bad. Hopefully they can sort out the noise problems.
'I'd rather have a scrapyard next door to me, than a travellers site.'


Honestly....Is there any difference?
Yes. Some big differences.

- Scrapyards don't go thieving from their neighbours.
- They, usually, have a Port-a-loo (or some other civilised facilities).
- They're unlikely to be noisy at night.
- No battalions of feral kids.
[quote][p][bold]Yankee1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JackJohnson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kazza98765[/bold] wrote: I bet they wish they had not opposed the permanent travellers site now. It would be a lot easier on the eye for them.[/p][/quote]I hope you're joking. I'd rather have a scrapyard next door to me, than a travellers site. This warehouse doesn't look too bad. Hopefully they can sort out the noise problems.[/p][/quote]'I'd rather have a scrapyard next door to me, than a travellers site.' Honestly....Is there any difference?[/p][/quote]Yes. Some big differences. - Scrapyards don't go thieving from their neighbours. - They, usually, have a Port-a-loo (or some other civilised facilities). - They're unlikely to be noisy at night. - No battalions of feral kids. JackJohnson
  • Score: 2

1:04pm Wed 12 Mar 14

speedy231278 says...

Yankee1 wrote:
JackJohnson wrote:
kazza98765 wrote:
I bet they wish they had not opposed the permanent travellers site now. It would be a lot easier on the eye for them.
I hope you're joking. I'd rather have a scrapyard next door to me, than a travellers site.

This warehouse doesn't look too bad. Hopefully they can sort out the noise problems.
'I'd rather have a scrapyard next door to me, than a travellers site.'


Honestly....Is there any difference?
Yes, one is full of society's useless waste, and the other is a scrapyard.
[quote][p][bold]Yankee1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JackJohnson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kazza98765[/bold] wrote: I bet they wish they had not opposed the permanent travellers site now. It would be a lot easier on the eye for them.[/p][/quote]I hope you're joking. I'd rather have a scrapyard next door to me, than a travellers site. This warehouse doesn't look too bad. Hopefully they can sort out the noise problems.[/p][/quote]'I'd rather have a scrapyard next door to me, than a travellers site.' Honestly....Is there any difference?[/p][/quote]Yes, one is full of society's useless waste, and the other is a scrapyard. speedy231278
  • Score: 6

4:17pm Wed 12 Mar 14

mikeymagic says...

Planning is a corrupt business you know!
Planning is a corrupt business you know! mikeymagic
  • Score: 1

4:55pm Wed 12 Mar 14

JackJohnson says...

BarrHumbug wrote:
BmthNewshound wrote:
If you look carefully you can see that trees and shrubs have been planted to help screen the building. Its a bit late complaining about the building after planning permission has been granted and it has been built.
.
Agree with Uberbloke - great classic Echo arms folded pose.
Grange Road is a row of about 12 houses surrounded by industrial units and businesses and you thought that would be a good place to move to?
Perhaps with the money you saved by not buying in a nice location you could use it towards some thicker net curtains and ear plugs?
Just been looking at Google Maps.

How on Earth did that little outcrop of domestic buildings get isolated in amongst all that commerce/industry/of
fice space?
[quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BmthNewshound[/bold] wrote: If you look carefully you can see that trees and shrubs have been planted to help screen the building. Its a bit late complaining about the building after planning permission has been granted and it has been built. . Agree with Uberbloke - great classic Echo arms folded pose.[/p][/quote]Grange Road is a row of about 12 houses surrounded by industrial units and businesses and you thought that would be a good place to move to? Perhaps with the money you saved by not buying in a nice location you could use it towards some thicker net curtains and ear plugs?[/p][/quote]Just been looking at Google Maps. How on Earth did that little outcrop of domestic buildings get isolated in amongst all that commerce/industry/of fice space? JackJohnson
  • Score: 2

10:11pm Wed 12 Mar 14

boardsandphotos says...

JackJohnson wrote:
BarrHumbug wrote:
BmthNewshound wrote:
If you look carefully you can see that trees and shrubs have been planted to help screen the building. Its a bit late complaining about the building after planning permission has been granted and it has been built.
.
Agree with Uberbloke - great classic Echo arms folded pose.
Grange Road is a row of about 12 houses surrounded by industrial units and businesses and you thought that would be a good place to move to?
Perhaps with the money you saved by not buying in a nice location you could use it towards some thicker net curtains and ear plugs?
Just been looking at Google Maps.

How on Earth did that little outcrop of domestic buildings get isolated in amongst all that commerce/industry/of

fice space?
If you look on Streetview from 'The Runway' the warehouse is quite a distance from the backs of those houses.

There's a big grass verge, the road, pavements, trees lining the space behind the houses and then their back gardens, that warehouse would have to be very tall indeed to have any real impact on their lives......
[quote][p][bold]JackJohnson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BmthNewshound[/bold] wrote: If you look carefully you can see that trees and shrubs have been planted to help screen the building. Its a bit late complaining about the building after planning permission has been granted and it has been built. . Agree with Uberbloke - great classic Echo arms folded pose.[/p][/quote]Grange Road is a row of about 12 houses surrounded by industrial units and businesses and you thought that would be a good place to move to? Perhaps with the money you saved by not buying in a nice location you could use it towards some thicker net curtains and ear plugs?[/p][/quote]Just been looking at Google Maps. How on Earth did that little outcrop of domestic buildings get isolated in amongst all that commerce/industry/of fice space?[/p][/quote]If you look on Streetview from 'The Runway' the warehouse is quite a distance from the backs of those houses. There's a big grass verge, the road, pavements, trees lining the space behind the houses and then their back gardens, that warehouse would have to be very tall indeed to have any real impact on their lives...... boardsandphotos
  • Score: 2

9:04am Thu 13 Mar 14

pete woodley says...

boardsandphotos wrote:
JackJohnson wrote:
BarrHumbug wrote:
BmthNewshound wrote:
If you look carefully you can see that trees and shrubs have been planted to help screen the building. Its a bit late complaining about the building after planning permission has been granted and it has been built.
.
Agree with Uberbloke - great classic Echo arms folded pose.
Grange Road is a row of about 12 houses surrounded by industrial units and businesses and you thought that would be a good place to move to?
Perhaps with the money you saved by not buying in a nice location you could use it towards some thicker net curtains and ear plugs?
Just been looking at Google Maps.

How on Earth did that little outcrop of domestic buildings get isolated in amongst all that commerce/industry/of


fice space?
If you look on Streetview from 'The Runway' the warehouse is quite a distance from the backs of those houses.

There's a big grass verge, the road, pavements, trees lining the space behind the houses and then their back gardens, that warehouse would have to be very tall indeed to have any real impact on their lives......
Very obvious to all but the residents,loss of light,how,even noise as its a long way away.Still reckon its the best arms folded group ever.which ones George ?.
[quote][p][bold]boardsandphotos[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JackJohnson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BmthNewshound[/bold] wrote: If you look carefully you can see that trees and shrubs have been planted to help screen the building. Its a bit late complaining about the building after planning permission has been granted and it has been built. . Agree with Uberbloke - great classic Echo arms folded pose.[/p][/quote]Grange Road is a row of about 12 houses surrounded by industrial units and businesses and you thought that would be a good place to move to? Perhaps with the money you saved by not buying in a nice location you could use it towards some thicker net curtains and ear plugs?[/p][/quote]Just been looking at Google Maps. How on Earth did that little outcrop of domestic buildings get isolated in amongst all that commerce/industry/of fice space?[/p][/quote]If you look on Streetview from 'The Runway' the warehouse is quite a distance from the backs of those houses. There's a big grass verge, the road, pavements, trees lining the space behind the houses and then their back gardens, that warehouse would have to be very tall indeed to have any real impact on their lives......[/p][/quote]Very obvious to all but the residents,loss of light,how,even noise as its a long way away.Still reckon its the best arms folded group ever.which ones George ?. pete woodley
  • Score: 1

8:36am Sat 15 Mar 14

mytown1 says...

These people really need to attend council meetings. They would then find out what is in store for the rest of Grange Road when the present occupies move out. Ask your councillors for more information on future developments to be likely in Grange Road!
These people really need to attend council meetings. They would then find out what is in store for the rest of Grange Road when the present occupies move out. Ask your councillors for more information on future developments to be likely in Grange Road! mytown1
  • Score: 0

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