Blagdon Water Gardens set for demolition and housing development

PUBLISHED: 13:00 15 May 2017

Blagdon Water Gardens.

Blagdon Water Gardens.

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A long-standing business in North Somerset could soon be demolished and replaced with housing after a planning application was submitted to North Somerset Council.

Blagdon Water Gardens, which sits off Bath Road between Langford and Blagdon, could be knocked down and Langford Brook – a 30-home housing estate – built in its place.

Blagdon Water Gardens sells a range of fish and aquatic supplies, plus exotic creatures like snakes, pythons and lizards.

But the specialist store could be levelled if the applicant Land and Buildings Ltd can secure planning permission from the council.

The applicant’s design and access statement read: “The proposed development will deliver new housing, including affordable housing, into an area where there is an identified under supply and housing choice is limited.

“The proposal will provide a low-density development which reuses an existing access, will not encroach into sensitive ecological areas and will not visually encroach into the surrounding landscape.

“Nor does the development impact negatively on the adjacent Grade II Listed structures to the east of the proposal site.”

Some residents have taken to the council’s planning portal to cite concerns over the development, particularly over traffic.

The site is close to a bottleneck on Bath Road, and one villager commented the development could make the road ‘dangerous for pedestrians’ with increased traffic flow from a housing estate.

Council planning experts are reviewing the proposals, before making a decision on planning permission.

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