Town's heritage wins the day

PUBLISHED: 04:33 07 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:49 24 May 2010

PLANS to knock down two traditional stone buildings in Weston and put up '21st Century-style' apartment blocks have been thrown out by councillors. Residents packed out North Somerset Council's West Area Committee meeting on August 24 to object to plans b

PLANS to knock down two traditional stone buildings in Weston and put up '21st Century-style' apartment blocks have been thrown out by councillors.Residents packed out North Somerset Council's West Area Committee meeting on August 24 to object to plans by developer Bach Homes to demolish the Victorian properties in Bristol Road Lower and build 34 flats.William Hunter, who lives in the road, spoke at the meeting describing the plans as 'completely unacceptable'.He said: "It is the wrong building in the wrong place. I live here because I love this town. It is already losing a lot of its character. "If these houses are knocked down part of Weston's heritage will be lost forever."Debating the plans, Cllr Robert Payne said: "This is a modern development and Weston's historic stone town is clearly not the right location. It would stick out like a sore thumb."Cllr Mike Bell backed his colleague's call for the plans to be refused saying: "The voice of the residents has clearly spoken. "Other areas could have benefited from the same quality of design, such as the whole of Locking Castle, but these plans do not fit in with the overall scene of this road.

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