Homes approved on appeal

A DEVELOPMENT of 14 new homes will soon spring up in Clevedon after a decision to refuse planning permission was overturned on appeal.

New homes are to be created on the former Starline coach depot in Strode Road after a planning inspector upheld an appeal made by Cotswold Homes.

North Somerset Council’s north area planning committee refused permission to create 12 homes and two flats on the site in January on the grounds the buildings would be out of character with the area and the proposals did not include enough parking.

However, this decision has now been overturned, allowing work to begin on demolishing the derelict commercial buildings at the site and creating the newly-planned 10 three-bed town houses and two pairs of semi-detached three-bed homes later in the year.

Access to the homes will be created off Fernville Estate.

Matthew Hiles, director of the Flax Bourton company that brokered the sale of the site to Cotswold Homes, CJH Land, said: “This was an ideal opportunity to end the uncertainty over the future of the former coach depot not to mention build some much-needed homes at this in-demand location.

“The fact the application was presented to the planning committee with a recommendation to approve suggests the original proposal was sound in all respects. The inspector took a similar view and promptly overturned the refusal on appeal.

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“As part of the original application the developers had pledged to provide a total of �44,000 to North Somerset Council to support open spaces, education and libraries. The inspector reduced this to �24,000.”