Approval for 93 flats in Portishead 'disappointing'

PUBLISHED: 08:30 18 August 2017 | UPDATED: 08:30 18 August 2017

An artist's impression of the proposed development at Harbour Crescent from above. Picture: Angus Meek Architects.

An artist's impression of the proposed development at Harbour Crescent from above. Picture: Angus Meek Architects.

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North Somerset Council's decision to allow more flats to be built with few parking spaces has been described as 'disappointing, but not surprising'.

Lesley Cottrell, chairman of Portishead Town Council, spoke in a personal capacity ahead of North Somerset’s planning meeting last week and urged councillors not to allow 93 flats to be built at Harbour Crescent.

She cited the recent marina development as an example of what happens when planners allow houses without enough car parking spaces.

Prelon Construction Ltd’s plan for land off Serbert Road features just 117 spaces for 93 flats – about 60 fewer than North Somerset Council would insist on normally.

But the authority’s planning officers felt that was sufficient as the development is close to the town centre and public transport links.

A 93-flat development is proposed. Picture: Angus Meek Developments.A 93-flat development is proposed. Picture: Angus Meek Developments.

However, the plan was passed with only one councillor objecting – Cllr Reyna Knight.

Cllr David Pasley recommended ‘reluctantly’ for the plan to be given planning permission, adding the council would be ‘shooting itself in the head and foot’ if it rejected it, fearing it would lose any appeal.

Mrs Cottrell said: “I was disappointed but not surprised by the outcome at the North Somerset Council’s planning committee, which left me with more questions than answers.

“Portishead Town Council voted to support this application with a number of caveats so I was there in a personal capacity.

“I believe that Portishead needs affordable housing for rent and would have supported this development if that was what it provided in spite of all the infrastructure issues.”

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