REVEALED: Developers eyeing Portishead for 1,800 homes

PUBLISHED: 17:52 02 April 2019

Developers have their eyes on Portishead for hundreds of homes.

Developers have their eyes on Portishead for hundreds of homes.

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Several fields across Portishead could be transformed into hundreds of homes, if developers get their way.

House-building firms have aspirations to create 1,800 houses across the town, which would certainly heap more pressure on already-stretched infrastructure if the plans materialise.

Portishead has long been seen as a lucrative place to build given its proximity to Bristol, and developers hope to cash in again as North Somerset Council seeks to meet lofty Government targets which require at least 25,000 houses to be created over the next two decades.

Fields near Black Rock Quarry on Clevedon Road have been brought forward for up to 234 homes by Aston & Co, while Persimmon Severn Valley – which led the marina project – has aspirations to build 500 houses south of Sheepway adjoining the Portbury Hundred.

Stokes Morgan has its eyes on a 4.4-hectare site off Spring Rise and St Mary’s Road, which it feels could accommodate 174 homes.

Salmon Settled Estate has proposed building 550 properties at Tower Farm.

Aberdeen Standard Investments still harbours plans to transform the Old Mill Road industrial estate into 350 houses despite fierce opposition.

The revelations come after the council held an ‘issues and options’ consultation before Christmas on its proposed local plan – which when complete will be used as the framework development in the district until 2036.

The responses entered in the consultation have been published by the council, shedding light on developers’ visions for the town’s future.

Some of the developers have called for a review of the greenbelt in their consultation responses, but the council has maintained the buffer between North Somerset and Bristol will be preserved.

The proposals would need planning permission to go ahead, but the council is under increasing pressure to find sites for housing.

Some 7,000 homes were built in the town from 2003-2012 and many people feel the expansion has already strained infrastructure, with long queues becoming increasingly common at Junction 19 of the M5.

And a long-promised rail link to Bristol to alleviate the problems is yet to be delivered.

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