NEW social housing will be built on a derelict site in Gloucester city centre.
Ten new flats will be built on the land in Wellington Street after city councillors granted permission to social housing provider Rooftop Housing at a planning committee meeting on Tuesday.
It will be the first time since the early 1990s that the site has been used.
It was formerly occupied by an auction room which was demolished.
Several planning applications for new residential developments have followed, but each plan has expired in turn.
Now Rooftop Housing want to build the 10 new flats, which will follow strict design guidelines because the street is within the Eastgate Street and St Michael’s Conservation Area.
But there are fears that the building will be positioned too close to the next door firm Stephens Electrics, with just a 10cm gap between the business and the proposed new build.
A representative from the electrical repair business warned that the closeness of the two buildings would lead to fears that in a few years time the new residents could complain about noise coming from their workshop.
Councillors have agreed to write to the applicant to ask them to consider making the gap wider, but the plans were given permission anyway.
Councillor Andy Lewis (C, Severn Vale) said: “This could create problems for the wall such as damp. I’m not sure how they would go about repointing the brickwork or get down there to render it.”
Councillor Anna Mozol rejected the plan, while her fellow Liberal Democrat councillor Jeremy Hilton abstained. He said: “With the previous applications for this site there was a bigger gap with Stephens Electrics. Those applications were far superior than the one we are presented with now.”
But councillor Phil McLellan (LD, Barnwood) said: “Rooftop Housing are a great social landlord and I am sure they will do a great job.”
Neighbouring residents raised concerns about a lack of parking for 10 flats and that the size of the building could ‘dwarf’ a neighbour’s house but planning officers rejected the complaints and recommended the plan for approval.