Heritage site off High Street 'crying out' for new homes

PUBLISHED: 15:25 26 March 2019

Slade House in Portishead (124 Slade Road).

Slade House in Portishead (124 Slade Road).

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Developers wishing to build several homes in Portishead have been given the go-ahead, with one councillor saying the area ‘is crying out’ for the houses.

A coachhouse at Slade House will be restored and four homes built on the Slade House estate after North Somerset Council’s planning committee gave the scheme the thumbs up on March 13.

The design work was generally praised but Cllr Reyna Knight called for the application to be approved ‘reluctantly’.

She said: “It is a very, very narrow piece of road which runs parallel to the High Street which means it’s a rat-run when there’s a hold up.”

Crown Developments initially want to build five homes off Slade Road but the scheme was scaled down.

Cllr Knight praised the applicant for that decision, and pleaded with it to honour such a commitment and not return seeking permission for a fifth property in the months and years ahead.

She added: “I don’t think the applicant could do anymore (to improve the plans).”

Slade House was built in the 19th century and concerns were raised by Gordano Civic Society and Portishead Town Council about the impact the development would have.

Cllr David Pasley, however, 
said: “The land is crying out to be built on.

“It seems a waste not to be built on.

“I do agree it’s a rat-run so access is not easy.

“But my main concern isn’t about houses because I think they will be wonderful – I wouldn’t mind looking at one myself – but concern over construction vehicles causing utter chaos.”

Before the decision was made, the committee was told of plans to keep any negative impact on Slade Road to a minimum.

Robert O’Leary, speaking on behalf of the applicants, said traffic-calming measures would be taken.

He added the new homes had been designed in a ‘sympathetic’ way to match the surrounding area and their proximity to the High Street meant it was a sustainable development.

No changes are planned for Slade House as part of the application.

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