Developer's flats plan refused

PUBLISHED: 15:00 27 September 2012

The plans were turned down by councillors

The plans were turned down by councillors

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A DEVELOPER'S plan to turn a Victorian terrace house into flats has been turned down, with councillors saying it would be 'to the detriment of the neighbourhood'.

Local developer Steve Palmer had planned to turn the four-storey house in Montpelier into six flats, with the addition of a new two storey rear extension.

Addressing North Somerset Council’s south area planning committee on September 20, Mr Palmer said: “The build will be of a very high standard and every flat will be offered for sale to first-time buyers.”

Neighbours and Weston Town Council had objected to the plans saying they would constitute an overdevelopment of the site, while creating parking issues and harming the character of the site.

At the meeting, councillor Robert Payne said: “It is regrettable that the developer wants to squeeze so many flats as possible into this house, to the detriment of this neighbourhood and indeed its future occupants.”

Councillors did add that a future application with less flats might be considered more favourably.

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