‘Dangerous’ plan to build houses in garden of historic home criticised

PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 October 2018

Slade House in Portishead (124 Slade Road).

Slade House in Portishead (124 Slade Road).

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Plans to build houses in the back garden of a pricey Portishead home have been met with safety concerns.

Crown Developments has applied for permission for six homes at the historic Slade House, in Slade Road – but the plan has been called ‘dangerous’.

The four-bedroom house was built in the late-19th century and appeared on the market last year for £1.5million, prompting fears it could be in line for redevelopment.

Local historian Sandy Tebbutt told the Times the house, including its outbuildings and adjoining meadow, is a ‘precious piece of old Portishead’. But that has not stopped plans to build five homes in its back garden and to convert an outbuilding into a house emerging.

The developer’s design and access statement says it would deliver a ‘sensitive renovation of a fine large house’, but dozens of people have raised concerns on North Somerset Council’s planning portal.

Portishead Town Council has objected to the plans, arguing it is over-development of the site and raising fears over the safety of access and lack of parking.

On October 10, Cllr Arthur Terry told counterparts he believes the access plans are ‘clearly dangerous’.

He said: “That is unsafe access onto a very narrow section of Slade Road.

“Residents have stood out there and counted numbers of cars, and they are clearly at odds with the numbers of the traffic consultants. I hope North Somerset Council challenges this and it does its homework.”

Cllr Peter Burden believes the plans have ‘serious issues’, and hopes North Somerset Cllr Reyna Knight calls the application to the authority’s planning and regulatory committee for further review.

He said: “The agents for the applicant admitted to the town council you couldn’t get a dustcart into the site, which we have objected to.

“I and the rest of the planning committee agree we are not in favour of this application as it stands, although I was very impressed by the competence of the applicants who came and made a presentation and were prepared to answer questions.

“I wish more people wishing to do controversial developments in this town conducted themselves in that manner.”

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