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Tired garages to make way for car park

Thirty leaky and untidy garages in Tetbury are set to be knocked down to make way for a new residents' car park.

Cotswold District Council has told applicant Bromford Housing Ltd that the demolition of the garages and replacement with a car park area does not require planning permission.

In total, there are of six blocks of four units and two of three units, making a total of 30 garaging spaces. Built in prefabricated concrete with corrugated asbestos roofs, each garage, at 34-63 St Marys Road, has steel up-and-over doors. The work to convert the area into a car park will begin next Monday (February 5th) and is scheduled for completion for March 1st.

In a statement, Dale Parker, of Wolverhampton-based Bromford Housing told planners: "Following a review of Bromford's garage stock, it has been determined that the area would be be better served as a parking area for local residents."

He added that due to their method of construction, the garages could not be guaranteed to be watertight and therefore were "not ideal for the storage of items".

A plan for the work shows that concrete to form a binder and surface course will be delivered to the site by lorries and laid and dispersed using wheelbarrows, then levelled with hand tools and compacted with a vibration plate or roller. Joints will be painted and sealed with hot bitumen. Existing Heras fencing will then be removed and the site left "neat, tidy, and secure".

A housing association providing affordable housing and specialist housing support services, Bromford manages around 46,000 homes and provides services for approximately 100,000 people, mostly across Central England and the South West. 

The business also incorporates Bromford Homes, which provides shared ownership homes to help private/social renters move onto the property ladder.

Bromford's St Mary's Way housing traditionally was age-excluvise for retired residents, but the policy was exended to allow younger tenants in 2007.

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