Affordable homes plan for Alveston approved despite neighbours' protests
PLANS for 13 affordable homes in Alveston have been approved, despite objections from neighbours and the parish council over parking.
Two semi-detached bungalows at 33-35 Quarry Road and a set of garages will be demolished to make way for the revamped cul-de-sac.
But residents raised a 90-name petition opposing the proposals, because they currently use the land unofficially to park their cars, with a lack of spaces elsewhere.
Twenty neighbours also objected, along with Alveston Parish Council.
A dozen parking bays will be created at Haddrell Court as part of the scheme, and Bromford housing association, which submitted the plans, has promised to continue working with neighbours to solve the ongoing issue in surrounding streets.
South Gloucestershire Council development management committee granted permission after hearing there were adequate measures against the loss of existing parking.
A report to members said it was “not reasonable to expect a landowner to resolve the existing parking concerns or maintain unauthorised use of the site by individuals”.
It added: “Overall the application merits clearly outweigh the perceived harms of the development.”
But parish councillor Marion Reeve told the remote meeting on Thursday (September 17) that the land set for 10 semi-detached houses, one bungalow and two flats over garages had long been considered “our car park”, despite the use being unauthorised by the landowners.
She said the loss of the parking was causing “great anxiety to many residents”.
“This area has had problems for many years with parking due partly to its narrow and winding road,” she said, adding that the council had repeatedly refused to create off-street parking and that the police had given consent to park on pavements.
“The car park has always remained vital to the area as the only place to park when getting home late at night to find no street parking spaces available.”
Bromford development manager Noreen Twomey told members: “Parking for the new housing is commensurate with South Gloucestershire Council’s residential parking standards – a total of 19 allocated spaces are proposed with a further seven visitor spaces.
“As part of this application we are also seeking to increase the parking capacity within the existing parking area in front of Haddrell Court by creating an additional 12 parking spaces to mitigate the loss of parking at the Quarry Road garage site.”
She said a parking survey concluded these dozen bays would accommodate the existing demand for Bromford tenants who park in Quarry Road.
“If planning permission is granted, we are committed to remodelling the Haddrell Court car park before closing the Quarry Road garage site,” she said.
“The additional spaces at Haddrell Court will be available for Bromford customers including displaced garage users.
“We are currently working with and will continue to work with Alveston Parish Council to identify potential solutions to the parking issues in Quarry Road.”
Committee member Cllr Judy Adams said: “This application is for 100 per cent affordable housing which is badly needed.
“The application will have parking spaces in accordance with council policy.
“I like the design of the new properties. It’s a brilliant project.”
Cllr Brian Hopkinson said: “It’s a very good development.
“There are too many sites which end up with large detached houses and not enough properties that are affordable homes.”
Cllr Jayne Stansfield said: “There is a strong need for affordable housing.
“Although there is a parking issue, it’s not up to Bromford with this development to address the whole of Quarry Road but only to address their own parking issues.”
Committee chairman Cllr Keith Burchell said: “I am completely torn between what the residents are talking about and the affordable housing.”
Cllr Kate Cooper said she was worried Bromford tenants would not park in the new spaces and that private residents would not be allowed to leave cars there.
Members voted 6-0, with one abstention, to go with officers’ recommendation to approve the plans.
By Adam Postans, Local Democracy Reporting Service