Parking worries are voiced over hotel plans

PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 January 2013

Dorville Hotel in Madeira road.

Dorville Hotel in Madeira road.

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PLANS to redevelop a ‘landmark’ former hotel into flats have been submitted to North Somerset Council.

The derelict Dorville Hotel, which has become a haven for squatters and drug users over the past seven years, could become 20 one and two-bedroom flats if the application is approved.

Some residents of homes neighbouring the site in Madeira Road have said they are concerned by the lack of parking provision in the plans, with one saying it could lead to ‘chaos’.

The building has been empty for the past seven years, and has been described as a ‘problem site’ by a director at Pegasus Planning Group, which has submitted the application on behalf of site owners Connolly and Callaghan.

Daniel Weaver said: “The site has had a lot of problems in terms of squatters and drug users.

“It has cost my client quite a lot of money in terms of security. It’s a landmark building and we want to keep it and make it look good and secure its future, otherwise there is a real possibility of demolition.

“We’re hopeful the council will be supportive. It’s a key part of the regeneration of this area.”

Although there is some associated parking included in the application, there have been some concerns about the impact the proposal will have on roads in the area.

In an online objection to the plans, Madeira Road resident Roger Tully said: “There are not enough car parking spaces provided in these plans.

“The surrounding streets are already nearly full with parked cars, especially in the busy summer months, so adding a further possible 20 to 25 vehicles will lead to chaos.”

But responding to the concerns, Mr Weaver said there was more than enough space on streets neighbouring the site for parking. He added: “We don’t think that parking is going to be a massive problem, as we have detailed through a quantified report. There is no issue.”

The council is expected to make a decision by February 11.


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