Controversial plans for Clevedon B&M set for approval

Clevedon B&M plans

Ever Ltd plans to redevelop Clevedon's B&M site. - Credit: Ever Ltd

Hundreds of objections may not be enough to stop a key retail site being redeveloped despite fears it will “turn Clevedon into a ghost town”. 

Ever Ltd has put forward a multi-million pound project to redevelop B&M to create a gym, shops, a café and 39 flats for over-60s. 

Opponents say the town needs housing for young people, not retirement flats, and warned losing 121 parking spaces was the “worst thing possible” for the Triangle. 

Town councillors said the former Morrisons site would be overdeveloped and the scheme would worsen Clevedon’s growing age imbalance. 

But North Somerset Council has recommended approval, saying the plans would create jobs and improve B&M’s appearance, while still providing enough parking spaces for town centre visitors. 

The authority said 30 per cent of the homes should be affordable but Ever Ltd said that was unviable, instead offering £100,000 to revamp a piece of land in Queen’s Square. 
The plans said future occupiers of the shops are unknown but they will be designed to “attract anchor retailers to benefit whole town centre retail proposition”.

Talks were ongoing with B&M and other brands with similar “pulling power”, the plans said.  

More than 830 people have objected to the proposals, with only 14 writing in support. 
One opponent said: “Clevedon will become a ghost town. We do not need any more flats for the elderly. We need to encourage more families.

“Without B&M, what would be the point of visiting the centre? There are already enough food outlets and who wants another gym. We already have far too many empty shops!”

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Another said they had lost faith in North Somerset Council after it approved plans for a special school at Brookfield Walk, and they were moving out of Clevedon.

A third person said: “This huge development will cut out my light, I definitely cannot see myself staying if this development goes ahead – it is actually my worst nightmare.”

The council’s planning and regulatory committee will consider the application on June 24.