Disagreement over development to be resolved?

PUBLISHED: 08:00 25 November 2010




A DISAGREEMENT over plans to build 218 properties, a new public open space, hotel and pub on the outskirts of Weston looked likely to be resolved this week.

As the Mercury went to press yesterday (Wed) the proposals for land to the North of West Wick, at Diamond Batch, were set to be decided upon.

Permission had previously been given for developers to press ahead with plans, but the applicants, Idris Davies and Bloor Homes, disagreed with one of the conditions they were given.

North Somerset Council’s west area committee said the project could proceed under the understanding that 75 jobs are provided for every 50 properties built, after the first 50 houses are occupied.

But since last month’s meeting, the applicants have said that the condition is not viable and could throw the whole scheme into jeopardy.

The issue was due to be considered at a meeting of the local authority’s planning and regulatory committee yesterday.

Papers set to be presented at the meeting said: “The phasing proposed by the committee would prevent the development of both the employment and residential sites from taking place.”

The joint developers says that in order to attract residents to the site, the new access road from Somerset Avenue would need to be built early on, at a cost of about £1million.

The residential developers, Bloor Homes, added that it needs to commit £4.5million to the scheme to get it underway and that it is not financially possible to do these things if it has to wait, after 99 houses, for 149 jobs to be provided on the employment side.

It was recommended that the planning and regulatory committee reapprove the plans with the original recommended conditions, to include less strict conditions about employment.

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