Dorville plan is attacked

PUBLISHED: 07:56 03 July 2007 | UPDATED: 11:14 24 May 2010

A TOTAL of 12 letters of objection and one of support have been lodged against a planning application to redevelop a former Weston hotel. Bristol-based developer Connolly + Callaghan wants to demolish the Dorville in Madeira Road and build 56 properties t

A TOTAL of 12 letters of objection and one of support have been lodged against a planning application to redevelop a former Weston hotel.Bristol-based developer Connolly + Callaghan wants to demolish the Dorville in Madeira Road and build 56 properties there instead.The proposals include plans to build a four or five storey building made up of six houses, four penthouses and 36 one or two bed apartments.But at the latest count this week the letters objecting to the plans outweighed the ones in support of them.Concerns raised include insufficient parking and the height and design of the new buildings. One resident who lives in Madeira Road and supports the proposals, said in her email to North Somerset Council: "I wish to support this application because the Dorville has been sat doing nothing except rotting away for more than three years now and it is about time a quality development, that can only enhance the area from what is now, is allowed to be built."It seems to me that there is a snob value creeping in but let's be fair, not everybody can afford the exuberant house or flat prices that currently rule the market and having the chance of getting a foot on the ladder with this type of development seems to be a godsend. "I hope you will see fit to pass this development sooner rather than later so the crumbling Dorville and Norwood Mansions get the facelift they both deserve."But another resident who lives in South Road and objects to the proposals said in a letter to the authority: "The design of the development is reminiscent of a cheap 1960s project and not at all in keeping with the neighbouring buildings."It will not enhance the area but quickly deteriorate and become an eyesore."In 2006 Connolly + Callaghan was given the go-ahead to build 22 luxury apartments on the site. Recently company director Andrew Baker told the Weston & Somerset Mercury he still prefers the original plans but one of the conditions the authority attached to planning permission is proving difficult to fulfil.

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