Another no for development

PUBLISHED: 11:11 21 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:36 25 May 2010

A PLANNING application to develop one of the oldest shops in Portishead High Street has been turned down for the second time.

A PLANNING application to develop one of the oldest shops in Portishead High Street has been turned down for the second time.

The owner of Fowlers Florist, Steve Fowler who wants to retire on health grounds says the existing building is in need of serious repair at costs that cannot be justified.

The 59-year-old is proposing to demolish the existing building and replace it with three retail units, three commercial units and seven flats.

The existing stone would be used for the front of the building, with a design matching the shops adjacent to it.

Mr Fowler said: "I can't believe the planning application has been turned down for the second time, I thought I had addressed all issues and concerns.

"I have been a retailer in Portishead and a part of this community for 33 years and would not propose anything I believe to be detrimental to the area."

The application was turned down over parking and vehicle manoeuvring issues, which the shop keeper says he was most surprised about, as his application includes seven car parking spaces, a loading bay and a turning point.

Last month planning permission was granted for the construction of a three storey building containing six flats and a retail unit on the site of a former taxi unit between Budgen's supermarket and Catherine's Patisserie which is opposite Fowlers. These plans offer no parking facilities for the inhabitants.

Mr Fowler added: "I can't understand the reasoning here.

"There seems to be no consistency in the rules if six flats with no parking spaces are given the go ahead, when my plans take parking in to consideration."

Mr Fowler will be taking his application to appeal.

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