Flats to be built in Portishead following North Somerset Council decision

PUBLISHED: 15:57 13 July 2016 | UPDATED: 16:06 13 July 2016

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Plans to build flats off a narrow Portishead lane have been approved by North Somerset Council this afternoon (Wednesday).

Its planning committee voted by majority to grant permission for the three-storey building in Battery Lane - including a basement - saying it will look better than the 1970s Silbury home which will make way for it.

The decision though comes despite scores of objections from neighbours and fears raised by councillors that it will lead to a lot more cars using a small road.

Battery Lane homeowner David Chillistone told councillors the block of flats was ‘utterly unsuitable’ at the edge of the Lake Grounds.

Dangers of over-development were also raised but the majority of members at the meeting in Weston Town Hall felt there were merits to the plan.

North Somerset Council chairman John Crockford-Hawley said: “It (Silbury) is an ugly 1970s structure and visually will be replaced by something better.”

The authority’s planning officers had recommended the scheme was approved.

* For the full story and reaction, see next week’s North Somerset Times.


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