New homes could spell end for 100-year-old business

PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 August 2012

Opponents of the development have said it will exacerbate traffic problems in the area

Opponents of the development have said it will exacerbate traffic problems in the area


A PROPOSED housing development in Weston could spell the end for a century-old business.

Bellway Homes has applied to build 65 homes at the former Quadron Services depot in Mendip Road.

But the plans have been opposed by neighbouring residents and business owners, with Kim Vowles of Vowles Riding Stables saying her business could be forced to close if the application is given the green light.

The plans, handed in to North Somerset Council in June, would see the disused former depot demolished to make way for 65 homes, garages and car parking.

Among the concerns raised is a lack of access to the site down Osborne Avenue while residents claim it would exacerbate existing traffic and parking problems in the area.

Mrs Vowles runs the stables with her husband John, and it has existed in Sandford Road for about 100 years.

She said: “This could have a devastating effect on our business.

“If the plan goes ahead it could close us down. We can’t expect the horses to live in those conditions with the houses that are coming.

“We just want the developer to be considerate. We’ve been here for a long time and the stable has evolved to survive changes in the area over that time, but this would be the end.”

Residents met at St Saviours Church Hall in Locking Road on Friday to discuss their concerns.

The area’s representative on North Somerset Council, Richard Tucker, said following the meeting: “This area is already difficult for residents to park or access in and out of Locking Road.

“Added traffic volume from another 65 houses coming in and out of Mendip Road and through Sandford Road and the junction with Osborne Road will undoubtedly cause more congestion where many residents have to park in the street.”

Roy Harding, a resident of Osborne Avenue, said: “At the moment a lot of people park out on the road itself, and when there are even more homes around here that could become dangerous.

“If the emergency services needed to gain access then they might not be able to do so very easily.”

“I think it is too small a site to put so many houses in.”

North Somerset councillors will consider the plans at the meeting of the South area committee on September 20.

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