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Plans for extra storey on 'brutal' block alarm neighbours
CONCERNS have been raised about plans to add an extra storey to Jericho’s Castle Mill House apartment complex.
Developer W Lucy wants to add one two-bedroom and two one-bedroom flats on top of the building in Juxon Street.
But the Jericho Community Association has raised concerns that the proposals will make the building too tall.
And some existing residents will have to move out while the work at the site – which is unconnected with the controversial Castle Mill student block – goes ahead.
Association vice-chairman Paul Hornby, pictured below, said: “The application is an over-intensive development of a residential block and will lead to a reduction in the quality of the surrounding residential properties and is inappropriate to the setting of the Jericho conservation area.”
W Lucy has also applied to add balconies to the existing flats and replace the glazing.
Two applications have been submitted – for the balcony and extra storey – to Oxford City Council.
And in the planning application, W Lucy says: “Castle Mill House is representative of a typical 1970s building built in the brutalist style.
“While sensible and rational in design and layout, it is brutal and severe in appearance. The flat roofs of the existing building are ideally configured to receive an additional level.”
It said the balconies will “update the exterior of the building to give it a contemporary appearance” and that the “breaking up of the facade and a stepped top to the building will soften the building appearance.”
W Lucy has said it will attempt to keep as many of the residents in the building as possible while the work is under way but said some would be rehoused in other of the firm’s properties.
Rachel Nixon, transport planner at Oxfordshire County Council, did not raise any objections to the scheme but has raised issues around parking.
The building is in the Jericho residents’ parking zone and she said the county council had no objection, as highways authority, provided residents in the flats were not allowed to have parking permits.