CENTRAL AREA COMMITTEE

 

12/P/1053/F Ė Planning application ref no 12/P/1053/F Sub division of existing properties to form 19no self-contained flats comprising 13no 2 bed and 6no 1 bed units. Erection of 6no additional new dwellings to rear comprising 3no 2 bed and 3no 3 bed dwellings AT 85 - 91 Bristol Road Lower, Weston-super-Mare

 

Section 106 Agreement

For housing schemes in Weston-super-Mare, contributions would normally be required towards green infrastructure, recreation, education, libraries and employment growth.The viability assessment in this case has concluded that £10,488 can be provided for infrastructure contributions and this has been checked and agreed by the Councilís Valuer. This amount is less than would normally be sought from an open market housing scheme.

 

This must be balanced against Government guidance on assisting the viability of new development and the Core Strategy target for the delivery of 150 affordable housing units per year which is currently not being met.Only 42 units were provided in 2011/2012 and 52 so far for 2012/2013. In comparison, there are 697 households on the Homechoice waiting list of households requesting rented housing at Weston-super-Mare. In addition there are 247 applicants for shared ownership housing. ††

 

It is therefore considered that the outstanding need for new affordable homes coupled with the lack of viability should the full infrastructure requirements be sought, means that the reduced sum should be accepted and £10,488 is split pro-rata between across the various infrastructure requirements.††

 

Correspondence received

 

Letters of objection

6 additional letters have been received in response to notifications of the amended site layout plan which increased the numbers of parking spaces to 28: These reiterate previous objections regarding parking, access, disturbance, lack of garden space, density and mix.

 

Letter of support

The applicantís agent has written to Councillors in support of the application. The principal points made are that

  • this is a previously developed site in Weston which is identified as the main growth hub in the Councilís recently published Core Strategy;
  • the development will be a mix of affordable rented and shared ownership dwelling and the occupiers will be people who cannot afford a full mortgage;
  • the designs have been carefully considered and will provide a high quality renovation of the two villas;
  • the site is in a sustainable location, on a bus route and within walking distance of shops and a major park; and
  • the suggested Conservation Area extension will have no impact on the proposal because the two villas are proposed to be retained.