More than 20 homes planned for Portishead offices

PUBLISHED: 16:00 25 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:55 26 October 2018

Vacant office block Gordano Gate, Serbert Way, Portishead.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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

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Plans have emerged to convert a Portishead office block into more than 20 homes after the business occupying the building was hit by financial difficulties.

Juniper Homes hopes to convert vacant office block Dynamic House, at Gordano Gate in Serbert Road, into 22 homes.

The developer has applied to North Somerset Council for change of use permission so the two-storey complex, which was formerly occupied by DPS Process Solutions until it went into administration earlier this year.

Juniper Homes believes ‘the unit can easily accommodate up to 22 apartments’.

Its planning statement said: “The site is sustainably located within walking distance of Portishead town centre and a range of amenities and transport links.

“The demise also includes a car park with capacity for 50 vehicles.

“Clearly this is sufficient to apportion between residential units as required to meet the North Somerset parking standards.

“Furthermore, the conversion from office to residential use is unlikely to result in a significant increase in trip generation, especially during peak hours.

“At this stage, it is not clear exactly how the residential accommodation will be laid out – for example as a terraced row of townhouses or a complex of apartments – though these details are not required at this stage.”

The application bears similarities to a number of accepted plans in recent years which have seen land for employment use altered so homes could be built.

In the past two years the council has allowed about 200 homes to be built on such land, including more than 60 flats at the former Severn Paper Mill site.

Schemes to add about 30 flats at Cheviot Meadow and almost 100 at Harbour Crescent, off Serbert Road, have also been allowed, with landowners and developers saying they have been unable to find businesses willing to run offices in Portishead.

Such has been the regularity of these applications, some members of the the public have called for a freeze on any home-building projects in the town, until infrastructure such as roads, school places and health provision improved.

North Somerset Council will now review the developer’s proposal before determining whether to grant permitted development rights which would mean the site can be changed from employment land and converted into homes. Portishead Town Council will be able to give its opinion too.

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