Permission granted to build block of flats in Portishead car park

PUBLISHED: 16:45 21 October 2019

Vacant office block Gordano Gate, Serbert Way, Portishead.    


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


A Portishead car park will be transformed into a block of flats, with the adjacent building also set to become housing.

The TVE group has secured planning permission from North Somerset Council to build a nine-flat, three-storey complex in Serbert Road.

The car park has been used for vacant office block Dynamic House, which developer Juniper Homes will convert into 22 apartments after receiving planning consent in January.

The new building will comprise of three one-bedroom and six two-bedroom flats.

Portishead Town Council objected to TVE's plans due to 'insufficient parking provision' and it described the proposals as 'out of keeping with the street scene'.

Residents also raised complaints over noise nuisance, transport issues, a loss of employment land and a lack of infrastructure to support the development.

But the council granted the applicant planning permission.

In her decision notice, the council's planning case officer Louise Grover wrote: "The site falls within the settlement boundary for Portishead, where residential development is acceptable in principle in accordance with policy.

"The site is part of a business park and the building has been designed to respect its surroundings.

"Details of materials have been provided to show that the overall palette will be in keeping with its surroundings and a landscape concept has been submitted to show enhanced landscaped boundaries and parking areas to ensure that the character of the area will be preserved."

The officer also insisted the traffic movements created by the development are 'unlikely to cause a significant effect on the local highway'.

She continued: "The existing access would be used into the site taken from Serbert Close.

"This is a well-formed access at the head of the road and has been designed for the office parking and would be suitable for the proposed residential use."

After granting TVE planning permission, the council ordered the applicant to pay more than £54,000 in Community Infrastructure Levy, with £45,000 to be given to North Somerset for 'strategic funding' and the remainder given to the town council.

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