Controversial development up for council approval
PUBLISHED: 17:00 31 January 2013
A DEVELOPMENT that has provoked mixed responses over the past five months may have received a final, official seal of approval this week.
There have been dozens of letters of objection to plans put forward by Beachlands Development Ltd to North Somerset Council, for an affordable housing scheme in Weston’s Bristol Road Lower.
Last year councillors even asked the authority’s planning and regulatory committee, which deals with controversial or major applications, to refuse the proposals and consider making the site a conservation area.
The conservation area that covers areas nearby would have been extended to include the proposed development footprint, making it more restrictive for developers.
A site meeting took place before a decision was scheduled and yesterday (Wed) as the Mercury went to press the development was expected to finally be given the final go-ahead at a council planning and regulatory committee meeting.
North Somerset Council officers recommended the plans be approved, subject to a list of conditions - but it was not recommended that the site become part of the conservation area.
Proposals for the site involve changing two Victorian villas into 19 flats and also building six new houses at the rear of the Bristol Road Lower properties.
Main concerns raised by those living nearby included lack of parking and loss of privacy.
But developers have submitted a revised layout to the council, which includes plans for 37 parking spaces, as well as improvements to garden layouts and reducing the number of houses to four.
There have also been some letters of support for the development.
Although the properties are currently in private ownership, Somer Housing Group is intending to purchase the site for affordable housing, which would then be managed by Redland Housing.
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