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Newbury Park businesses rejoice as plans for four-storey block scrapped

PUBLISHED: 14:00 20 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:40 20 July 2018

Business owners and residents are upset about a planning application for real space and flats on Ley Street. Rufus Pauldurai. Photo by Ellie Hoskins

Business owners and residents are upset about a planning application for real space and flats on Ley Street. Rufus Pauldurai. Photo by Ellie Hoskins

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Newbury Park businesses have won reprieve after an application for a four-storey block of flats and retail space has been scrapped.

Rufus Pauldurai, managing director of estate agents Josh Properties, in Ley Street, gathered signatures on a petition against an application to demolish 480-482 Ley Street and build a complex of 60 flats and three commercial units.

He submitted his letter to the council opposing the scheme, signed by 16 businesses, on June 21.

They feared the “car free” scheme would lead to increased congestion in neighbouring streets. Following this pressure, applicants Zaynah Investment withdrew their application at beginning of this month.

“I feel really good,” Mr Pauldurai said. “We do want to have something come up in that area because we understand it needs to be redeveloped. But ideally there might be an application for a park or something.”

In a poll conducted by the Recorder last month, 70pc of 115 readers opposed the plans.


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