'New flats will help with town's regeneration', claim architects

PUBLISHED: 06:50 30 April 2018

An artist's impression of the development. Picture: Barton Wilmore

An artist's impression of the development. Picture: Barton Wilmore

Barton Wilmore

A newly-approved housing development will allow the 'regeneration of Portishead to take another step forward'.

That is the positive outlook claimed by an architecture company this week, after North Somerset Council gave the green light for more flats to be built on the edge of town.

Churngold Construction Ltd has, with help from Barton Willmore planning consultants, secured consent for 33 flats to be built off Wyndham Way.

MORE: Councillors grant planning permission for more flats amid fear of losing an appeal.

The development attracted a lot of criticism within Portishead, with widespread concerns over a lack of infrastructure highlighted by dozens of objectors. Portishead Town Council also did not want the development to go ahead.

However, the final decision lay with North Somerset and all bar one of its members agreed there were no grounds to refuse Churngold’s plan to build near Cheviot Meadow.

It will feature two blocks of flats, containing one and two-bedroom apartments.

MORE: Neighbours fear community ‘destruction’ due to new flats.

Barton Willmore believes it has designed the buildings in such a way that they will act as a ‘focal point’ through the trees from the Sheepway roundabout.

Peter Roberts at Barton Willmore, said: “The new housing development in Portishead has been designed by our architects to take the form of a crescent.

“The high-quality design will form a key gateway to the town, on what was unused land which had previously been earmarked for an office building several years ago.”

Churngold had planned to use the site for its own headquarters but pulled the plug on plans several years ago due to a downturn in the economy.

Attempts to sell the area to another business for employment use were unsuccessful.

Barton Willmore said eight of the flats will be used for social housing.

Cllr David Pasley, who proposed North Somerset Council accepted the plans at its meeting on April 11, said during the discussion the development would provided much-needed affordable housing for Portishead.

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