Plans for new flats in Portishead’s West Hill rejected by North Somerset Council

Alliance Homes wanted to build 10 affordable flats.

Alliance Homes wanted to build 10 affordable flats. - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Plans to build affordable homes in Portishead have been rejected by North Somerset Council.

Alliance Homes wanted to build 10 flats in West Hill in place of garages and a former public car park.

However, the scheme was turned down by the council’s planning committee on June 14 with members fearing the impact on surrounding roads.

Cllr David Pasley said: “This is Portishead’s secondary shopping centre and there’s a Tesco Express there which is open late into the night.

“Most people struggle to find a space and park on double-yellow lines or on the pavement.”

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He said the issue will only increase with the arrival of a Co-op supermarket.

Alliance Homes said the garages were ‘not fit for purpose’ and believed the flats would help people get on the property ladder.

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There was some support from councillors, with Elfan Ap Rees saying affordable homes were ‘desperately needed’ in Portishead.

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