Factory homes turned down

PLANS to turn a derelict rubber factory in Worle into housing have been rejected by councillors because of a lack of parking. McCarthy & Stone wants to build 34 one-bed and 12 two-bed self-contained sheltered apartments for the elderly at the site of the

PLANS to turn a derelict rubber factory in Worle into housing have been rejected by councillors because of a lack of parking.McCarthy & Stone wants to build 34 one-bed and 12 two-bed self-contained sheltered apartments for the elderly at the site of the former Fussells factory in Station Road.But at North Somerset Council's west area committee meeting on September 21, councillors sent the developers back to the drawing board because the plans only included 19 parking spaces.Councillor Muriel Kraft said: "There are 46 apartments proposed and only 19 parking spaces. The logic is that because the accommodation is sheltered less residents will have cars."However, we don't agree with that. There is little on-street parking in that area so enough needs to be provided on the site. "It would be a mistake to let the plans through as they are. If it means less flats in the long term so be it."McCarthy & Stone will have to submit new designs before the planning application is approved.