Homes to replace former Royal British Legion building
PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 August 2019
A former Royal British Legion (building will be demolished and replaced with homes in the district, despite mass opposition to the plans.
North Somerset Council (NSC) approved CSJ Planning Consultants' proposal to build nine three-bed homes and 18 car parking spaces at the site in Long Ashton.
The application received more than 60 comments online and over-development concerns drove the majority of people, bar one, to oppose the plans.
The homes will be built in the next three years, and the former Royal British Legion building cannot be demolished until a building survey record is submitted to NSC's planning committee.
Long Ashton councillor Stuart McQuillan, who worked with North Somerset Council on the application, said there were no grounds to refuse the development going ahead.
He said: "I completely understand the emotion behind this development getting the green light.
"However, all the council's policies were followed and there were no legal reasons to refuse the plans.
"The building is on a brownfield site and not in an area of conservation, so we would need a very good reason to see this application rejected.
"It is a frustrating situation to be in, and it is regrettable and a shame to lose this historic building in Long Ashton."
In a letter to North Somerset's planning committee, Long Ashton Parish Council reiterated its concern for too many homes being built at the site.
The parish council stated the houses' height will be 'overbearing' on people living in homes surrounding the area.
The parish council also highlighted its concerns for road safety, and said the proposed path leading into Long Ashton's Providence Lane would be 'hazardous' due to its proximity to a busy junction and steep hill.
A clause in the plans also reveals a bus shelter situated outside of the development must be maintained by the planner.
The Royal British Legion building has been a fixture in the village since 1878 and was taken over by the charity in 2010.
The 19th century building closed its doors in 2016 due to high running costs.