Former garages in 'run down' area of Portishead to be demolished and turned into flats

PUBLISHED: 06:55 24 September 2019

Tesco Express shoppers parked at the former garage site. Picture: Google

Tesco Express shoppers parked at the former garage site. Picture: Google

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Plans to demolish former garages in Portishead and replace them with flats have been approved.

North Somerset councillor Bridget Petty.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONNorth Somerset councillor Bridget Petty. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

North Somerset Councillors backed Alliance Homes' application for the former garage site off West Hill, where the housing association aims to build eight affordable rent flats for people in need.

Portishead Town Council opposed the scheme due to the 'various concerns raised by neighbours' and the 'consequential detrimental effect on the area due to the lack in infrastructure'.

The plan was rejected in 2017 due to the flats being 'too contemporary' and the car parking area not being 'sufficient' and problems with vehicles over looking adjoining properties.

There will be off road parking for 15 vehicles with a separate cycle store.

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Speaking at a planning and regulatory meeting on September 18, Portishead West councillor John Cato said West Hill is a 'run down area'.

He said: "A number of residents have made complaints to me around parking and would rather have the area returned to parking.

"There are no material reasons to do that in principle but it should be considered in the whole context of West Hill, which is a very run down area of Portishead and affordable housing is important."

The town council voted at its July meeting to oppose the plans after receiving 'various concerns' from neighbours - but the housing association said it has a target of building 2,000 affordable homes across North Somerset over the next 10 years.

Eve Hughes, Alliance Homes' development officer, said: "This site is Alliance Homes-owned and closed to the public, we have gone away and taken on the feedback and reasons why this was previously rejected and listened to councillors and residents' concerns."

Cllr Bridget Petty said affordable housing was 'much needed' across North Somerset.

She said: "I am really supportive of this and making use of supplying affordable homes on suitable land.

"Alliance Homes took on board what was said and made vast improvements, making best use of the space for our community needs."

Cllr Ciaran Cronnelly added: "The issues around parking do not outweigh the need for affordable housing."

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