Council approves Campbell’s Landing apartments plan

PUBLISHED: 16:00 15 August 2018

Campbell's Landing has been empty since 2014.

Campbell's Landing has been empty since 2014.

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A vacant seafront pub in Clevedon will be transformed into flats, despite parking worries.

Campbells Landing, Clevedon.Campbells Landing, Clevedon.

Campbell’s Landing, in The Beach, will be transformed into six one and two-bedroom flats after North Somerset Council granted planning permission.

The building has been empty since 2014 with several plans to turn it into a restaurant falling by the wayside.

Now the site will be brought back into use as flats but there are fears the lack of off-street parking will hurt nearby businesses.

John Tranter, chairman of Clevedon Civic Society’s conservation and planning group, said: “Since all the vehicles belonging to the new residents will be permanently parked on the surrounding streets, it is relevant to say that a significant proportion of that parking is two-hour restricted.

Campbell's Landing has been empty since 2014.Campbell's Landing has been empty since 2014.

“Therefore the nearest unrestricted parking, in The Beach, will come under much greater pressure.

“These spaces are essential to the viability of the businesses in The Beach, providing parking for visitors to Clevedon seafront, and 12 additional cars permanently parked there is bound to have a detrimental effect.”

The civic society’s views are echoed by nearby homeowner, but Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust says it is pleased the building will be brought back into use.

Following the completion of Clevedon Pier’s visitor centre project and an £850,000 refurbishment to Marine Lake, Campbell’s Landing has been a long-standing thorn in the side in the development of Clevedon’s seafront.

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Shortly after its closure it appeared set to become a Mezze restaurant but these plans never progressed.

In 2016, the owner of Tiffin and Tiffin @ The Pier submitted an offer of up to £350,000 to buy the building which was rebuffed by owner Enterprise Inns.

Most recently Mike and Chris Yeatman, who run Venga in Portishead and The White Hart in Weston-in-Gordano, had been in advanced discussions to create a steakhouse and boutique hotel at Campbell’s Landing.

Rising building costs following the 2016 Brexit vote was blamed for the plans falling through as well as the slow progress made on development – with no work being done 15 months after discussions began.

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