Block of flats planned for car park in Portishead

PUBLISHED: 07:10 29 May 2019 | UPDATED: 07:10 29 May 2019

Vacant office block Gordano Gate, Serbert Way, Portishead.    


Vacant office block Gordano Gate, Serbert Way, Portishead. Picture: MARK ATHERTON


A block of flats could be built in a Portishead car park, close to where permission has already been granted for more than 20 homes.

The TVE Group has submitted proposals to North Somerset Council to build a three-storey housing complex in Serbert Road, which would comprise of nine apartments.

The car park is adjacent to vacant office block Dynamic House, which developer Juniper Homes has already secured change of use permission to convert it into 22 apartments.

The council approved Juniper Homes' blueprints in January, and the building's car park and surrounding grass verges are next in line to be harvested for housing by the TVE Group.

The developer hopes to create a mixture of one and two-bedroom flats in the car park - which lies at the heart of a commercial and industrial estate.

Its planning statement said: "The proposal would make a more efficient use of a previously developed site in a highly accessible location, providing much-needed housing in one of the district's three key towns outside Weston.

"North Somerset Council is unable to demonstrate a five-year housing land supply and the proposal would make a moderate contribution to the Government's objective to boost housing delivery significantly."

Portishead Town Council is set to discuss the plans at its planning meeting at the Folk Hall, in High Street, on June 5 at 7.30pm, and the TVE Group is confident its proposals will win the backing of both the town and district council.

It added: "The proposal would not result in any adverse impacts and is policy compliant. As such, it should be approved.

"The site benefits from a highly sustainable location, being just outside the defined town centre.

"It is excellently situated in relation to the town's shops, a range of key services and facilities, diverse employment opportunities, and bus stops.

"The site is not designated for employment use and residential use has been established by the prior approval (of the Dynamic House plans).

"The mixed commercial character of the area, with most businesses operating during the normal working day, would be unlikely to result in any conflict with the proposed residential use."

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