Allotments and parking for overgrown triangle
PUBLISHED: 10:00 16 January 2011
AN OVERGROWN triangular plot of land near Weston seafront could be converted into an underground car park and allotments.
Architects John Iles Associates (JIA) say they have been commissioned to redevelop a derelict area in Park Place, with the brief to create ‘a Weston version of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon’.
The move would please nearby residents, as the empty plot has long been a matter of concern and contention for neighbours.
A bid to build a single house there was turned down in 2001 on the grounds the application would not enhance the conservation area in which the plot is located, nor compliment nearby listed buildings in Royal Crescent.
Three years later, the site was cleared of trees following complaints from neighbours, who felt the hidden area offered opportunities for criminal behaviour.
But nothing more has been done with the site – until now.
Architect Chris Barker of JIA said: “Since the land is not maintained it is constantly subject to the accumulation of rubbish and rapidly becomes an eyesore.
“(Our) instructions are to design a project which would be like a Weston version of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and enhance the conservation area.”
Plans include secure underground provision for eight cars and 32 bicycles, as well as eight ‘micro-allotments’.
Mr Barker continued: “The intention is to enhancethe visual appearance of this triangle of land by reintroducing managed gardens in the form of micro-allotments.
“While the normal allotment size is around 250sq m, there is a movement towards smaller plots to suit contemporary lifestyles.
“Half the site (the lower section) would be made level by the introduction of a small secure underground car park.
“Discussions with local residents have established that there is a strong local demand for secure parking in this area of town.”
A formal planning application for this project has now been submitted to North Somerset Council, with a decision expected in weeks.