Hall plan set to go-ahead

PUBLISHED: 17:19 11 October 2006 | UPDATED: 10:01 24 May 2010

A BLUEPRINT which will set out the future development of one of Clevedon's most prestigious seafront sites looks likely to get the green light this week

A BLUEPRINT which will set out the future development of one of Clevedon's most prestigious seafront sites looks likely to get the green light this week.Owners of the site have spent the last few months drawing up a development brief for the Clevedon Hall Estate.Clevedon Hall was originally built in 1850 as a residential property for local businessman Conrad Finzel.The hall remained as a residential property until World War II and between 1945 to 1991 was used as a boarding school until being converted into offices during the 1990s.Local businesses are still based in Clevedon Hall, but now the estate owners are looking at ways to develop the 7.6 hectare site.The development brief includes 130 new homes, some affordable housing, a 70-bed nursing home and new offices.Work will also be carried out to the walled garden and new community facilities for the people of Clevedon provided.A 12-week consultation on the plans has now been carried out with local residents raising concerns, with 26 letters of objection being submitted.Residents said the plan included too many homes and that extra parking needed to be included in any scheme.Others said there should be public access to the grounds and they should be turned into a public park while others thought the site should be used for sporting facilities.Other suggestions for the site included building a new hospital for Clevedon and North Somerset or a superior hotel to boost tourism in the town.Clevedon Town Council has also asked for allotments, amenity areas and a coach park to be included in the development.Town councillors also raised said the plan 'was not balanced and lacked imagination' and 'that the needs of Clevedon, or for facilities for tourism, did not appear to have been taken into consideration for this prime seafront site'.North Somerset Council officers are recommending the brief be approved subject to a number of conditions.The blueprint will be discussed at a meeting of North Somerset Council north area planning committee tomorrow (Thurs).

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