U-turn gives developer new homes go-ahead

PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 May 2011

Council objects to controversial extension in Backwell.

Council objects to controversial extension in Backwell.


PLANS for a large housing estate on the edge of Weston are back on track 
following a policy u-turn on the amount of office space required to go alongside the development.

Bloor Homes and Dowlas Developments has resubmitted plans for 218 homes between West Wick and Somerset Avenue, plus a large employment space which includes a hotel, pub and convenience store.

The developer made the application after North Somerset Council relaxed an employment-led regeneration policy designed to match homes with jobs - 75 jobs for every 50 homes.

But after a successful appeal, the council agreed in February to change its plan, allowing the developer to build 180 homes before opening a large office building. The developer claims the policy revision will provide time to fully market the site and enhance its chance to attract firms.

The homes and convenience store will be built to the south of the A370, on four large fields between West Wick and Somerset Avenue.

The properties would be predominately family homes, which the 
developer says there is a high demand for.

The office blocks, hotel and pub would be built opposite, on land to the north of the A370, close to Worle Parkway railway station.

The 80-bedroom hotel would be styled toward business needs and would be built alongside the pub.

In a timeline put forward by the developer, access to the business park would begin after the 50th home is built, marketing for the site would begin following the 100th home, and the office building would be complete following the occupation of the 180th home.

In planning documents sent to the council, a spokesman for the developer said: “To secure and deliver employment development, it is necessary to provide significant up front infrastructure, a new access off the A370, along with substantial services, including water, gas and drainage.”

The planning application for homes is set to be decided by North Somerset Council by July 12.

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