Developer accused of ‘blatant greed’ over building plan near Portishead conservation area

PUBLISHED: 07:44 30 December 2017

Arnold Settle, Martyn Bennett and Dave Chillistone were among those who fought against plans in 2016 for Silbury to be demolished.

Arnold Settle, Martyn Bennett and Dave Chillistone were among those who fought against plans in 2016 for Silbury to be demolished.

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Building a bungalow, in addition to a three-storey block of flats, close to a Portishead conservation area would be an ‘efficient use of space’, according to the would-be developer.

Arnold Settle, Martyn Bennett and Dave Chillistone were among those who fought against plans in 2016 for Silbury to be demolished.Arnold Settle, Martyn Bennett and Dave Chillistone were among those who fought against plans in 2016 for Silbury to be demolished.

Juniper Homes Ltd is seeking planning permission for a two-bedroom home in Battery Lane, where Silbury house stood before it was demolished last year.

Six apartments within a three-storey building are already being built, but Juniper wants to create an extra house on the same plot.

Critics believe the idea amounts to ‘over-development’.

Planning permission for the flats was granted by North Somerset Council in July 2016, despite serious opposition from neighbours who felt the narrowness of Battery Lane meant any additional traffic had the potential to cause chaos.

Juniper is confident adding a seventh home on the site where only one house used to stand, will not create any traffic problems.

In its application, it said: “Off-street parking for two cars would be provided within the approved parking area for the apartment block, utilising the approved access for the apartments.

“The transport assessment submitted with the outline application revealed there would be no adverse impact upon the local highway network as a result of the proposals. It is not envisaged one additional dwelling on the site would unduly impact on highway safety.”

North Somerset Council has been told it needs to demonstrate it is allowing enough homes to be built over the next five years, and Juniper believes its bungalow plan would provide a ‘positive, albeit modest’ help towards achieving that.

Critics though are not impressed by the idea on the table.

Martyn Bennett, who lives in Battery Lane, said reallocating parking spaces from the flats to the bungalow was not sensible.

Other comments submitted to the council accused Juniper of ‘blatant greed’ and proposing something ‘out of character’ with the area.

Juniper’s application though says the design of the bungalow is less important than it might have been as it will be obscured by the flats.

Portishead Town Council will discuss the application tonight (Wednesday) at the Folk Hall at 7.30pm.


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