Flats planned for hillside will ‘plunge area into parking nightmare’
PUBLISHED: 10:00 08 April 2017 | UPDATED: 09:10 10 April 2017
The number of flats proposed for derelict hotels has prompted concerns it will become even more difficult to park on Weston-super-Mare’s hillside.
In the past year, the Dorville Hotel, in Madeira Road, has been converted into 20 flats, and planning permission has been given for 15 flats in buildings previously used by the Royal British Legion in Claremont Crescent.
Last week, the Mercury reported how a planning application has been made to turn the derelict Lynton House Hotel, in Madeira Road, into 40 flats.
Another application, at 14-16 Madeira Road, asks for permission to increase the number of flats from four to 10 – although the garages will be demolished to provide 16 parking spaces.
There is a car park in Madeira Road, which anyone who buys a flat in Dorville House can have a parking permit for – but this will run out after a year and residents may choose not to pay £95 for a new one.
Brian Wilkinson, chairman of the Prince Consort Gardens, which aims to protect the views in the area, has estimated there could be 150 new cars in the area if all of the planning applications are approved.
He said: “Now is a good time to talk about car parking before the planning applications go through.”
Mr Wilkinson said one idea is to provide parking permits for residents to use in Madeira car park.
He said: “Madeira car park is bounded by trees which despite having been thinned last year, has not encouraged anyone to park in this hidden facility.
“Maybe with just a bit of thought, we could utilise what is already here then our area might not be plunged into a parking nightmare.”
But the council’s executive member for highways, Elfan Ap Rees, ruled out the possibility of looking into permits until the authority’s new powers of enforcing powers had been tested.
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