Fears over building plan

PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 September 2012

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A POTENTIAL affordable housing scheme in Weston has been branded 'corporate vandalism' and 'wholly inappropriate' by those living nearby.

There have been 47 letters of objection to the plans put forward by Beachlands Development Ltd to North Somerset Council, some of which included such criticisms.

Proposals involve two Victorian villas into 19 flats and also building six new houses at the rear of the Bristol Road Lower properties.

Another person living close to the proposed development said in their objection: “With 19 flats and six houses there is no way the owners’ and visitors’ cars could be accommodated on the site and would have to be parked on the very busy artery to the town.

“My second concern is the upper windows of plots 22, 23 and 24.

“They would directly look into my property, garden, bedrooms and living rooms, removing the privacy I have enjoyed for the past 28 years.

“I am very keen to see the development of this derelict site as I have lived with this eyesore of a dumping ground for past five years and if I wished to sell my property would stand no chance.

“I do however want some of the privacy I paid for when I bought this house.”

Council officers have recommended the plans be approved, subject to a list of conditions, which includes a revised layout plan incorporating suitable on-site parking.

There have been some letters of support for the development, which is set to go before a North Somerset Council planning committee tomorrow (Thurs).

A resident of Manor Valley said: “The buildings have been empty for far too long and it would be good to see them put to good use.

“These plans, if I understand them correctly, retain these two fine, old, Victorian buildings, which are very much part of old Weston.

“It is unfortunate that the plan is for so many flats.

“However the original buildings will be retained and put to good use.”

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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