A DEVELOPER has submitted new plans to demolish a chiropractic clinic in Christchurch before a decision has even been reached on their previous scheme.

Holton Homes initially sought permission for proposals to replace Christchurch Chiropractic Centre in Twynham Avene with a four-storey block of 11 flats in April last year.

Planning officers are yet to reach a verdict on the scheme, which was met with a spate of objections from residents in the area near the town centre.

However, the property firm has now put forward a smaller proposal for a three-storey building of seven flats.

Paul Bloomfield, Holton Homes’ land manager, said: “We have redesigned the plan in line with comments from Christchurch Borough Council’s planning department.

“The area is categorised by flats, there is a block of flats opposite. It is a nice conservation area building that we are now proposing.”

The revised scheme was formally listed on the council’s planning website last week but several complaints have already been raised, including from a doctors’ surgery.

Faye Francombe, Stour Surgery’s practice manager, wrote: “There are also two other developments locally which will affect us, Christchurch Police Station and John Reid & Son which will see approximately 200 new dwellings. Stour Surgery is at maximum capacity, please advise what provisions are in place for the people who buy these properties.”

The chiropractic clinic is understood to have been the former home of the inventor of the Bailey bridge, Sir Donald Bailey.