Nailsea social housing green light

NINE affordable homes will replace an Air Training Corps headquarters in Nailsea, after North Somerset Council gave the green light to plans by Alliance Homes.

The company will build four two-bedroom flats, one one-bedroom bungalow, two four-bedroom houses and two two-bedroom houses on the land, off Whitesfield Road.

The social housing will be made from reconstructed stone, be rendered and painted cream, with dark brown concrete-tiled rooves.

There will be 20 parking spaces, including two designated for disabled drivers and four reserved for residents of nearby Ivy Close, who currently rent garages on the land.

The scheme was approved by the authority’s central area committee on Thursday.

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Work, including demolition of garages, is due to start in the summer with completion expected by spring 2013.

A North Somerset Council planning officer says on its website: “The application has been approved because it provides much needed affordable housing within Nailsea and complies with the council’s policies on sustainable development, without having an adverse effect on neighbours or on biodiversity.”

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A spokesman for Alliance Homes said: “There are considerable pressures on housing supply across North Somerset and this development gives us the opportunity to continue addressing the need for more affordable housing.”

There are currently 335 people waiting for social housing in the town.

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