RESIDENTS opposing the building of more than 460 luxury flats on Runcorn's riverfront have written to councillors urging them to turn the scheme down in the face of advice from officers.
Campaigner Ian Kirkham has written to councillor Paul Nolan - chairman of the development control committee - asking him to give a planning application for the project from developers Taylor Woodrow the thumbs down or at least pay another visit to the proposed site.
Mr Kirkham, of New Albert Terrace, said: 'We respectfully request that you use your professionalism and experience as chairman of this committee to ensure that the process is examined appropriately so all facts are available before a final decision is made on an application of such a scale.
'A further site visit, particularly now that the site has been cleared, would aid you in your process of forming reasoned judgements on the planning application.
'We are not seeking to stop a development of the Old Quay site, but it is the sheer scale of the development at key points of the site that takes no consideration of the existing residents or community that has been essential to Runcorn for many years we are concerned with.
'We have sought to compromise from the outset of this development but the developer has not appreciated the benefits a design that compliments the unique location of our homes could bring, he has only sought to maximise profit levels regardless of the existing community.
'The developer is building purely for profit not in the interests of the community.'
Luxury build 'oppressively close'
OPPONENTS of the proposed Old Town luxury flat development claim it will ruin their views of the Mersey, create traffic gridlock, lead to an increase in crime and put an unacceptable burden on local services.
They also say:
Three of the proposed blocks are too high.
Too many apartments are to be squeezed onto the site and an extra storey has been squeezed on each block to accommodate car parking.
The apartment buildings will be 'oppressively' close to homes in Old and New Albert Terrace.
Plans for 472 car parking spaces are 'woefully' inadequate and apartment dwellers will be forced to park in nearby streets.
The development will create massive traffic congestion.
The proposed apartments will not attract families.
The noise and dirt of construction will prove 'unbearable'.
There will be a risk of crime from 'rat runs' under each building which will attract thieves and vandals.
Local doctors and dentists will be over stretched.
However, a council report says the development fits all criteria.
It said: 'The modern design of the apartments - with reduced height and flat roof construction - will mean that the impact on the residents on Old and New Albert Terrace is reduced when compared with a traditionally designed apartment block with a similar number of floors.
'The high quality modern design is considered innovative and complementary to the surrounding area, ensuring that access is provided to this previously shut off area of waterfront.
'The development of this site will work towards the regeneration of this area of Runcorn and add to the vitality and vibrancy of the area.'