Plan to covert Nailsea home into five flats resubmitted but concerns over parking remain

PUBLISHED: 16:00 12 November 2019

An artist’s impression of the revised scheme. Picture: Newtonian Properties

An artist's impression of the revised scheme. Picture: Newtonian Properties

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A planning application to convert an old house in Nailsea into flats has been resubmitted.

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

The applicant withdrew its previous application in March but submitted amended plans last month.

A change to the proposals will see one extension to accommodate one flat and convert the garage to form one flat, with associated parking and green space, rather than two previously proposed.

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But the parish council believes the concerns it expressed in the previously withdrawn application have not been addressed.

Its spokesman said: "Parking has been reduced to the minimum standard, as was for the development of nearby Coates House, therefore there is concern this 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.

"It is requested the highways officer conducts a site visit to address the concerns which are not addressed in the report for the previous planning application."

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

In its design and access statement, Newtonian Properties said the property is in need of 'complete restoration and a new build is necessary to make viable the restoration of the main building'.

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

The access drive will be realigned so cars are parked away from the green area.

Nailsea Town Council supports the application although North Somerset Council will get the final say on whether the scheme can proceed or not.

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