Bristol Road eyesore set to stick around

Bristol Road eyesore set to stick around

This garage site in Bristol Road has been an eyesore for several years.

Bricks are piled up at the former Paragon Laundry in Taunton Road.

A former garage site in Bath Road.

Boarded up flats in Penel Orlieu.

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PEOPLE may have to put up with this eyesore for a while longer.

In 2010, CTG Properties was given permission to knock down this former petrol station (below) in Bristol Road, Bridgwater and the neighbouring 1930s art deco Crypton Technology building, to build 40 homes, a 50-bed hotel and industrial units.

However, two years on the scheme has ground to a halt.

Walt Koloska, a director at CTG, said: “It’s stalled because we haven’t been able to find a developer to build the hotel or a developer for the housing.

“It’s a sign of the economic times but I’m confident the scheme will go ahead at some point.”

The scheme would give the firms based at the Crypton Technology Business Park the opportunity to move into new units.

Mr Koloska said: “We would also hope to have some new commercial units as there would be extra capacity.”

On Tuesday, the planning application will go back before Sedgemoor District Council’s development control committee, with a recommendation for the permission granted in 2010 to be overturned.

That is because a legal agreement, called a section 106, which would ensure the developer pays towards things like flood defences, affordable housing and sports facilities, has still not been signed.

A council report says: “It is considered that adequate time has passed in order for further progress to have been made and that the application needs to be returned to committee with a recommendation of refusal and the reasons are based on the lack of progress on the original resolution regarding the Section 106 Agreement.”

However, Mr Koloska said: “There were just a few technical issues but I think we’ve sorted that now.

“I don’t think the section 106 will be a problem and I hope that we can go forward with the current planning application.”

The Bristol Road garage is by no means the only eyesore around Bridgwater.

Have a look at the other pictures shown here and let us know which sites around the town give you the hump.

E-mail newsdesk@bridgwatermercury.co.uk or post a comment on-line, at bridgwatermercury.co.uk/news.

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9:10pm Thu 13 Sep 12

grisleyreg says...

So many eyesores around the town and they still want to build on green field sites. Ban building on fields until all the many brown field sites in the town are used up.
So many eyesores around the town and they still want to build on green field sites. Ban building on fields until all the many brown field sites in the town are used up. grisleyreg
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10:12pm Thu 13 Sep 12

File Yer Own Bleedin Teeth says...

If this developer bides their time awhile, possibly our new Government rulings will banish 106 agreements, affordable homes, and all the rest of the you-scratch-my-back extortion.
If this developer bides their time awhile, possibly our new Government rulings will banish 106 agreements, affordable homes, and all the rest of the you-scratch-my-back extortion. File Yer Own Bleedin Teeth
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10:14pm Thu 13 Sep 12

MINIME2 says...

The picture of the eyesore site in Bath Road ,Bridgwater.About 8 years ago the site had planning permission for 7 cottages with parking no objections were raised in the neighbourhood. What happened to it ? I agree with grisleyreg use up the drelict sites first there are plenty of them around .
The picture of the eyesore site in Bath Road ,Bridgwater.About 8 years ago the site had planning permission for 7 cottages with parking no objections were raised in the neighbourhood. What happened to it ? I agree with grisleyreg use up the drelict sites first there are plenty of them around . MINIME2
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9:17am Fri 14 Sep 12

Rusty Hinge says...

Nice picture of the old Odeon Buildings in Penel Orleiu. Search the Mercury site with "PALACE NIGHTCLUB BLAZE" and you will find a story from the archive dated 30th November 2009. Arsonists set the flats on fire, causing a huge blaze. Maybe they thought it was an eyesore?. The Police reported they had arrested two people for the arson, a 25 yearold woman and a 17 year old male. Must have been a vary naughty Kiddy, and perhaps his sister?. Nothing more was ever reported on this. Was this the infamous Kiddy of the Zoy area?.
Nice picture of the old Odeon Buildings in Penel Orleiu. Search the Mercury site with "PALACE NIGHTCLUB BLAZE" and you will find a story from the archive dated 30th November 2009. Arsonists set the flats on fire, causing a huge blaze. Maybe they thought it was an eyesore?. The Police reported they had arrested two people for the arson, a 25 yearold woman and a 17 year old male. Must have been a vary naughty Kiddy, and perhaps his sister?. Nothing more was ever reported on this. Was this the infamous Kiddy of the Zoy area?. Rusty Hinge
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2:20pm Fri 14 Sep 12

MartinB58 says...

grisleyreg wrote:
So many eyesores around the town and they still want to build on green field sites. Ban building on fields until all the many brown field sites in the town are used up.
Couldn't agree more.
[quote][p][bold]grisleyreg[/bold] wrote: So many eyesores around the town and they still want to build on green field sites. Ban building on fields until all the many brown field sites in the town are used up.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. MartinB58
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9:10pm Sun 16 Sep 12

Silverbirch says...

grisleyreg wrote:
So many eyesores around the town and they still want to build on green field sites. Ban building on fields until all the many brown field sites in the town are used up.
You are absolutely right, I couldn't agree more. Build on all these derelict site before allowing Summerfield Homes to build a road across the Fairfield to get to a new housing estate on the lovely fields next to the Fairfield.
[quote][p][bold]grisleyreg[/bold] wrote: So many eyesores around the town and they still want to build on green field sites. Ban building on fields until all the many brown field sites in the town are used up.[/p][/quote]You are absolutely right, I couldn't agree more. Build on all these derelict site before allowing Summerfield Homes to build a road across the Fairfield to get to a new housing estate on the lovely fields next to the Fairfield. Silverbirch
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9:10pm Sun 16 Sep 12

Silverbirch says...

grisleyreg wrote:
So many eyesores around the town and they still want to build on green field sites. Ban building on fields until all the many brown field sites in the town are used up.
You are absolutely right, I couldn't agree more. Build on all these derelict site before allowing Summerfield Homes to build a road across the Fairfield to get to a new housing estate on the lovely fields next to the Fairfield.
[quote][p][bold]grisleyreg[/bold] wrote: So many eyesores around the town and they still want to build on green field sites. Ban building on fields until all the many brown field sites in the town are used up.[/p][/quote]You are absolutely right, I couldn't agree more. Build on all these derelict site before allowing Summerfield Homes to build a road across the Fairfield to get to a new housing estate on the lovely fields next to the Fairfield. Silverbirch
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1:07pm Mon 17 Sep 12

frags27 says...

Silverbirch couldn't agree more, if they had stuck to brown sites the fields could have been saved at Bower Lane. They said there was no room to build the hospital at Cellophane, yet there is room to build several hundred houses called Kingsdown on the brown site. The only time they will stop building is when they have run out of green fields and have no other option to go to other than brown sites. Having spent a week away from the area and driven through many other towns you can really see what a complete hash of built houes stuck everywhere Bridgwater has become, so ashamed of this town and Council. No new roads just crazy schemes like cycling lanes when you don't work in the town next to useless for all the people who commute up the M5. They think building houses is the answer to everything its not. Yes if you don't like it you can move which I am in the preparation of going through, having lived in this area my whole life its time to move on.
Silverbirch couldn't agree more, if they had stuck to brown sites the fields could have been saved at Bower Lane. They said there was no room to build the hospital at Cellophane, yet there is room to build several hundred houses called Kingsdown on the brown site. The only time they will stop building is when they have run out of green fields and have no other option to go to other than brown sites. Having spent a week away from the area and driven through many other towns you can really see what a complete hash of built houes stuck everywhere Bridgwater has become, so ashamed of this town and Council. No new roads just crazy schemes like cycling lanes when you don't work in the town next to useless for all the people who commute up the M5. They think building houses is the answer to everything its not. Yes if you don't like it you can move which I am in the preparation of going through, having lived in this area my whole life its time to move on. frags27
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