Council experts back ‘crazy’ flats for Portishead with no parking spaces

PUBLISHED: 06:04 12 July 2017

The proposed flats would be built behind SoleLution, if councillors agree this afternoon (Wednesday).

The proposed flats would be built behind SoleLution, if councillors agree this afternoon (Wednesday).

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Flats should be built off Portishead High Street according to North Somerset Council’s planners, despite no parking spaces being provided.

Officers are supportive of a six-flat scheme behind SoleLution, because in their opinion there is room for homeowners and visitors to stop on streets and in car parks.

They do though admit the development would increase the number of cars on Portishead’s roads.

Spiller Builders Ltd is behind the planning application and also would build a shop if the council’s planning committee today (Wednesday) gives the scheme the go ahead.

The site currently is used for storage and washing cars.

The scheme may have won support from council officers, but people within the town are somewhat less enthusiastic. The council has received 10 letters of opposition to the plans and none in support.

Pippa Simes lives in Portishead and in her objection said: “The High Street is already very busy and additional residential properties and cars (will) only add to that.”

Councillors will make a final decision this afternoon, but in a report ahead of the meeting planning officers said: “While the proposal is likely to lead to a slight increase in demand for localised parking, the site is in a highly-accessible location with a number of free public car parks and sustainable travel modes within close proximity.”

But objectors feel asking homeowners to use car parks will only make it even harder for shoppers to drive into the town centre – something which could harm business.

Jonathan Mock, who lives in Portishead, said in his objection: “It is a totally inappropriate location for any residential development given there are no parking spaces and it is on a busy High Street already blighted by traffic problems.”

Although Spiller is not providing car parking spaces for the six two-bedroom flats, it has planned nine cycle spaces.

Portishead Town Council said Spiller’s plan is an ‘overdevelopment’ of a small site and will worsen the ‘significantly problematic’ problem of parking in the town.

The planning committee meeting will start at 2.30pm at Weston Town Hall.


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