There is a bit of vacant land towards the end of Garston Old Road. It used to be a waste transfer station but a few years ago a developer got planning permission to build sheltered housing/extra care housing.
There were a few disagreements about parking and building height but on the whole the scheme was welcomed because it meant a bit of land that had been acting as an eyesore and potential environmental problems would be used.
Well sadly nothing happened. Nothing was built and the land has been used for various bits of storage which hasn't pleased people living in that bit of Garston Old Road or the nearby Ivy Avenue.
And getting information about progress proved very tricky.
We have had a bit of a breakthrough though as we now have at least some information.
The planning permission has lapsed. You get three years and if you don't do anything you need to apply again. The developer is going to put new plans in, perhaps ones that can be done in two phases rather than all at once. When there is anything ready we will post information on the blog.
And complaints about the use of the site to date have led to the Council saying it must be cleaned up. It should be cleared by the end of this week.
Of course that doesn't answer the longer term question of when something will be built. Richard and I will be speaking to the developer and are keen to hear about what he envisages doing. Obviously we want to see something there that benefits the local residents and the community. We will keep people informed so watch this space!