Councillors to make final decision on divisive plans

PUBLISHED: 08:00 08 January 2019 | UPDATED: 08:07 08 January 2019

Three divisive planning applications will be voted on this week. Pictures: Google and Mendip Vale Medical Practice

Three divisive planning applications will be voted on this week. Pictures: Google and Mendip Vale Medical Practice

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Plans for dozens of homes, a doctor’s surgery and the storage of hazardous substances will be decided on by councillors tomorrow (Wednesday).

North Somerset Council’s planning and regulatory (P&R) committee will meet at Weston Town Hall to discuss a trio of applications which have split opinion.

Councillors will discuss the plans’ merits before voting whether to grant planning permission.

Topping the agenda is Mendip Vale Medical Practice’s proposal to build a surgery between Congresbury and Yatton.

Mendip Vale hopes to build a two-storey medical centre opposite Cadbury Garden Centre, in Smallway, but the blueprints drew criticism in October when the application was refused by councillors amid safety concerns.

But because the committee went against the advice of council officers – who prior to the meeting said the development should go ahead – it must once again review the plans.

The medical practice’s bosses say its surgeries in Yatton and Congresbury are no longer fit for purpose, and the site in Smallway is its only option for a new base.

After discussions with officers, the applicant has agreed to provide a signalled pedestrian crossing, but it remains to be seen whether it alleviates the committee’s concerns.

Councillors will also take another look at plans to demolish the former Titan Ladders factory in Yatton’s Mendip Road.

Yatton Developments Ltd hopes to build 37 homes in its place, but its application was refused at the December 12 P&R meeting as councillors argued it would negatively impact the village.

Yatton ward councillor Jill Iles said: “I cannot support this application; it is simply quantity at the expense of quality. This development will have an overbearing impact.”

Similarly to the surgery plans, the committee went against recommendations so the proposals must be reviewed again.

Homeowners from Portishead’s Waterside Park will also pay a keen interest to the meeting, as Redcliffe Bay fuel depot seeks permission to keep stocking kerosene in fuel tanks.

Storage of aviation fuel has taken place there for years, but without the required consent after a ‘planning oversight’.

The application went before P&R in September, when a verdict was deferred for four months to allow safety work to be carried out.

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