Planners say scheme is ‘acceptable’ for the area

Residents on Newton Drive are against plans to convert a property into flats
Residents on Newton Drive are against plans to convert a property into flats
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A former Blackpool footballer is urging planners to block a bid to convert a six-bedroomed house into seven flats.

Dave Bamber is among residents opposed to the scheme submitted by Majestic Property Limited, which wants to build a rear extension on to the property on Newton Drive, Blackpool.

Neighbours claim the proposals will intrude on their privacy, create additional traffic and set a precedent for the conversion of other family houses.

But Blackpool’s planning committee is being recommended to approve the application when it meets on Monday.

Mr Bamber, a prolific goal scorer for Blackpool FC in the 1980s and early 1990s, said: “There aren’t that many quality houses in Blackpool like this one so I don’t think the council should allow it.

“If one goes on this road, then it will start off a domino effect and they will all soon be flats.”

Anna White, also of Newton Drive, said: “We’re worried because it will cause so much extra traffic and the road is 
already very busy at peak times, which makes it very difficult to get our car out of the drive as it is.”

Christine Hartley, of 
Regency Court which is at the rear of the property, said: “The proposed extension is going to really intrude on our privacy because it will overlook our windows.

“I really hope the committee will turn the application down.”

The scheme is for seven two-bedroomed flats, and seven garages which would be built in two blocks.

A previous bid to convert the property by Newfield Jones Homes was turned down by the council in 2008.

On that occasion, councillors ruled the proposals would “not make a positive contribution to the streetscene and would not lift the quality of new building design.”