Clevedon Hall housing to get go-ahead?

PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 November 2013

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PROPOSALS to build 42 homes on a historic Clevedon estate have been recommended for approval despite some 400 objections being raised.

The planning application for the Clevedon Hall estate off Victoria Road is due to be discussed by North Somerset Council’s north area planning committee tomorrow (Thurs).

In a report written for the meeting, planning officers have recommended the application be allowed subject to a number of conditions, including the creation of additional affordable housing elsewhere in the town.

If given the green light, the scheme will see 18 detached homes built on the estate’s north field, 24 terraced and semi-detached homes built on the south field and four detached buildings containing eight hotel suites constructed in the walled garden.

The application also includes demolishing buildings used by the former St Brandon’s School and creating a number of new car parks.

Despite the proposals being scaled back since the initial application containing proposals for 48 houses was submitted last year, they have still attracted many objections, with 316 people signing petitions and more than 100 writing letters against them.

Clevedon Town Council also objected to the proposals with concerns raised including overdevelopment of the site, potential impacts on the gardens and Grade II-listed listed Clevedon Hall building and the risk of increased flooding due to surface water run-off.

However, in a report for tomorrow’s meeting planning officers said: “The proposed development within the grounds of Clevedon Hall Estate provides the opportunity to improve the setting of Clevedon Hall through the removal of unsightly buildings and inappropriately placed car parking provision.

“The submitted scheme has evolved with the reduction in dwelling numbers proposed on both the north and south fields to provide a layout and built form which it is considered will sit comfortably within the site constraints without impacting adversely upon either of the listed buildings, the historic landscape or indeed the living conditions of neighbouring residents.”

If members of the north area committee to decide to go against the officers’ recommendation and vote to refuse the application, it will then have to be discussed and decided on by the council’s planning and regulatory committee on November 27.


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