Former garden centre to be replaced by new housing development

PUBLISHED: 15:55 25 March 2019

An artist’s impression of a house which could be built at Golden Acres. Picture: Coyne Group

An artist's impression of a house which could be built at Golden Acres. Picture: Coyne Group

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Homes will be built on the site of a former garden centre which has been untouched for three years.

The site layout at Golden Acres. Picture:  Coyne GroupThe site layout at Golden Acres. Picture: Coyne Group

Coyne Group had applied for permission to build seven homes on the former Golden Acres Nursery site in Tickenham.

North Somerset Council gave the applicant the green light to demolish the garden centre, in Clevedon Road, to build the homes with parking and garages.

Golden Acres had operated in the village since the early 1990s but owner Craig West decided to sell the land in March 2016 due to increasing competition affecting trading.

MORE: Owner opens up about nursery closure.

Greenhouses, a nursery and a café also formed part of the site.

Previous planning applications had included office accommodation and other housing developments which were approved but not built.

The applicant agreed to reductions in roof heights and footprints ‘to maintain the openness of the green belt’, but Tickenham Parish Council was still critical of the amended plan.

A parish council spokesman said: “We had hoped for a more realistic plan in terms of size of the properties and were disappointed at the proposed scale of each dwelling.

“It was concerning no provision had been made to provide employment opportunities in the village.

“Assurance was sought that the hedgerow to the B3130 frontage would be reinstated to protect the privacy of nearby houses.

“Although the proposed changes were welcomed as they reduced the footprints and rooflines of the homes, we must reiterate our disappointment the houses were not considerably smaller in order to meet the demand for lower cost homes for young people and the needs of some residents to downsize.

“A neighbour had expressed strong objection to the inclusion of Juliet balconies, fearing they would present an invasion of privacy as their property was immediately opposite the site, while the provision of a gated community is also questioned as it is considered to be out of keeping with the character of the village.

“We would also prefer the footpath to be relocated to the east of the development, as previously discussed on site with the applicants, and have asked to be consulted on the formal application to relocate it.”

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