Plans to convert 19th century house into five flats backed - but parking concerns raised

PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 February 2019 | UPDATED: 15:44 05 February 2019

An artist’s impression of The Lawn. Picture: Newtonian Properties Ltd

An artist's impression of The Lawn. Picture: Newtonian Properties Ltd

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A house in Nailsea which dates back to the 19th century could be converted into five flats.

Clevedon-based Newtonian Properties Ltd has applied to North Somerset Council to convert The Lawn, in Lodge Lane, into five self-contained apartments.

The applicant proposes to build two extensions to accommodate two flats and convert the garage to form one flat, with associated parking and green space.

Planning officers were concerned about the scale of the development which could have ‘an adverse impact from the additional hard surfacing for car parking, which removes a lawned area’.

But the applicant went back to the drawing board and responded by realigning the access drive, so cars will be parked away from the green space and minimising the visual impact on the area.

The two extensions will be set back from the house’s front to the south and north respectively.

In a design and access statement, the applicant said: “The house is in need of complete restoration and a new build is necessary to make viable the restoration of the main building.

“The cycle parking and recycling storage will help break up the length of cars.

“The realigned drive will be surfaced with grass block units to blend the road into the grass area.”

Nailsea Town Council supports the application, as does Wraxall and Failand Parish Council as its location falls on the edge of Wraxall.

But the parish council had reservations over parking, which has been reduced to the minimum standard of 12 spaces, as it could cause problems for visitors.

Cllr David Robinson said: “There is concern that the parking is not sufficient for visitors and this will add to parking issues for Lodge Lane.

“The visibility splays do not take into account on-street parking on Lodge Lane nor the rise of the road.

“If approved, then it is requested that consideration be given to increasing the extent of the double yellow lines on the south side of Lodge Lane.”

The Lawn is a regency period villa dating back to the 1820s and the applicant plans to retain plenty of its historic features.

There are plans to reduce carbon emissions by installing a solar hot water renewable energy system and low energy lighting.

North Somerset Council will get the final say on whether the scheme can proceed or not.

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