120 home scheme at old school

PUBLISHED: 16:03 27 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:12 24 May 2010

A PUBLIC site meeting is likely to be held to discuss major plans to redevelop a prestigious Clevedon seafront site. Councillors have agreed they will first make a site visit to the Clevedon Hall estate to take a closer look at the development proposals.

A PUBLIC site meeting is likely to be held to discuss major plans to redevelop a prestigious Clevedon seafront site.Councillors have agreed they will first make a site visit to the Clevedon Hall estate to take a closer look at the development proposals.Following the councillors' visit, and a three-month consultation period with residents, businesses, the town council and other local organisations, it is likely a public site visit will be organised.North Somerset north area planning committee chairman Glyn Duck said: "This is a very prestigious site in Clevedon and it is important that we get it right."Following the period of consultation, I would ask for an open site visit so members of the public can see the site and the plans in their entirety."Clevedon Hall was originally built in 1850 as a residential property for local businessman Conrad Finzel.The hall remained as a home until World War II when it was used as St Brandon's School until 1991 when it was turned into offices.As part of the development proposals, 126 new homes could be built on the site. A 60-bed residential care home could also be built along with new offices.A total of 21 two-bedroom apartments will be built on three floors of the St Brandon's School site and 56 two bedroom apartments where the sports hall stands.Also proposed are 16 five-bedroom detached homes on the existing playing field and 33 three bedroom houses on the estate's outskirts.The wall surrounding the wall garden, the ornamental lake and a number of trees would be retained as part of any transformation of the site.But not all have welcomed the development brief, which was handed to councillors earlier this month.Clevedon Town Council chairman David Shopland said: "This is the last prestigious site in Clevedon."To propose more than 120 new homes is gross overdevelopment of the site."Any houses should be spacious and gracious and fit in with the existing environment."I would also like to close the entrance on Elton Road and move it to Victoria Road and see some sort of community facility retained within the site.

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