Objections to town development

PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 December 2010

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THE Environment Agency and Network Rail have objected to plans to create a large affordable housing development on the site of a former sorting office in Weston.

The Government body says Haskins Builders Ltd’s proposed 51 new homes in Langford Road, on the Potteries, pose a flood risk, while the travel giant says some of the buildings would be too close to the railway’s boundary.

Social landlord, Raglan Housing Association, wants to acquire the site and turn it into affordable housing.

The development would be built on the former sorting office site, where another commercial building is also situated.

The properties have been derelict for many years and they would be replaced with 21 two-bedroom, 14 three-bedroom and four four-bedroom houses, as well as 12 two-bedroom flats.

A central access road would be created from Langford Road, with a footpath on the North side.

A total of 54 parking spaces would be provided, most of which would be grouped into courtyard areas.

North Somerset Council officers have recommended the plans be approved.

A report, due to be presented to its west area planning committee today (Thurs) says: “The redevelopment of the site for housing will meet a pressing need for such housing, while leading to an improvement in the quality of the built environment in the immediate area.

“The concerns of the Environment Agency are given due weight, but are not thought to be of such significance to warrant refusing the scheme.”

Officers have recommended a list of conditions be attached to the approval, but because the decision conflicts with the Environment Agency’s advice, it must now be referred to the Government Office South West.

West Mendip Drainage Board also pointed out that the site is in a flood zone and needs ‘careful assessment’.

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