30 January 2015
New sheltered housing off Lock Road
I walk down the unmade up track off Lock Road that leads to the doctors' surgery a few times every year, even though it is a dead-end, just to see if anything has changed. And just occasionally they do.
The first sign that something big is happening is at the start of the track on the left-hand side. There used to be a lock-up here that was used the the Thames Landscape project but that has gone and a developer is not using the site.
The development itself is at the far end of the track in the area of land behind Mead Road. There had been plans submitted for here before but they had come for nothing. Now there are two be four sheltered flats with generous communal space.
It is too early to say precisely what they will look like but the elevations in the submitted plans look find and the little of the walls that can be seen at the moment shows bricks that are sympathetic to those in the neighbouring buildings.
The house on the right is new too. It has been added to the end of the short terrace that forms the end of Mead Road. It has also been done sympathetically and I like to see the solar panels on the roof.