Flat plans face opposition

PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 September 2012

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THE potential construction of a block of flats in Weston has created an angry backlash from neighbours.

Plans to convert a former townhouse in Montpelier into six private flats will go before North Somerset Council members this evening (Thurs).

Planning officials on behalf of the regional authority have recommended approving the development despite protestations from neighbours and Weston Town Council.

North Somerset Council has received 11 letters of objections with the main concerns focussing on the lack of parking and the negative effect it will have on the area’s character.

The house -12 Montpelier - currently has one flat and two bedsits but as part of the renovation work extra parking would be provided to ensure each of the six flats has its own space.

A spokesman for Weston Town Council said six flats was a disproportionately high number given the size of the existing house.

In its report to North Somerset Council it recommended refusing the application and said: “The town council consider the development to be an overdevelopment and recommend four flats would be appropriate.

“In addition we are aware of neighbour concerns relating to the usage of the lane which is used for access and parking.”

A final decision will be made at tonight’s south area committee meeting which will take place at the town hall at 6pm.

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