'Extreme concerns' remain over housing plan for historic Portishead home

PUBLISHED: 11:22 29 November 2018

Slade House in Portishead (124 Slade Road).

Slade House in Portishead (124 Slade Road).


'Extreme concerns' remain over plans to build houses in the back garden of a historic Portishead home, despite the applicant editing the blueprints.

Crown Development’s amended proposal to build six homes at 19th century Slade House, in Slade Road, have failed to win favour from Portishead Town Council – which still holds fears over road safety and access for emergency vehicles despite the revisions.

The four-bedroom home – which has been described as a ‘precious piece of old Portishead’ by local historian Sandy Tebbutt – appeared on the market last year for £1.5million, and the developer hopes to harvest its meadow and outbuilding for housing.

Concerns were raised by councillors and members of the public prompting Crown Developments to change its plans.

Chicanes at either end of Slade Road have been proposed, plus widening the carriageway and pavements – but the planning committee did not support the plans at its November meeting.

Vice chairman Lesley Cottrell said ‘I really do not see how this is going to work’, while Cllr Jean Lord told the applicant she is ‘still extremely concerned even these measures are insufficient for safety on the road’.

Cllr David Oyns raised concerns over emergency vehicles being able to navigate the narrow road, while Cllr David Pasley shared fears ‘builders would absolutely destroy the place while the work is going on’.

During public participation, Geoff Hardman criticised the developers amended road layout.

He said: “The proposal for chicanes at the ends of the road defies belief.

“It will be disruptive for residents and it will make the rat run even worse with irate drivers.”

A representative from Crown Developments fielded questions at the meeting, and said: “We had a very useful conversation at last month’s town council meeting. It was extremely enlightening and very helpful to us.

“There were a number of issues raised which are predominantly related to road safety.

“We’ve measured the distances and from a fire safety point of view we’re very happy the development it safe.”

The town council voted to await a report from North Somerset Council’s highways experts before submitting its objection.

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