Battle lines drawn over Bath Road flats plan

Bridgwater Mercury: Battle lines drawn over Bath Road flats plan Battle lines drawn over Bath Road flats plan

A ROW has broken out over plans to knock down a former bike shop to build eight flats.

Darren Moxey has applied for planning permission to replace the Dirt Bike Store in Bath Road, Bridgwater, with a three-storey residential building.

In a supporting statement given to Sedgemoor District Council, which will decide on the project, chartered surveyors Tamlyns say there have been a number of short-term tenancies since the bike shop closed in 2008, but that finding a tenant or purchaser is an “impossible task” in the economic climate.

They say it would require “significant financial input” to bring the building up to scratch for commercial use, and that “this part of Bridgwater cannot be classed as a recognised viable commercial area.”

Tamlyns add: “We believe it is fair to say that this area could benefit from a programme of regeneration and this proposal could be the catalyst for neighbouring owners to improve the appearance of their buildings.”

However, in a letter to Sedgemoor District Council, Andy Day, managing director of International Tiles, based next to the Dirt Bike Store, said it was “laughable” to suggest it was not a “viable commercial area”.

He wrote: “The site is surrounded on all sides by businesses.

“We have been tenants at 83-89 Bath Road on a similar footprint to the proposed site and have traded successfully for the last 12 years.”

He added: “The premise that by granting this development permission we would be urged somehow to up our game and improve the appearance of our building is insulting.”

In another letter to the council, a resident of Bath Road raised concerns about whether tenants of the flats reversing out of the proposed carports and crossing the pavement to access the narrow highway would be able to see pedestrians.

James Venton, from Tamlyns, told the Mercury the plans had been altered earlier this year to address concerns from the highways authority.

He acknowledged the project had attracted opposition, but added: “I don't think anybody can argue that this is not going to improve the visual appearance of the area.”

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1:00pm Mon 7 Jan 13

swjoduk says...

How about they make sure before any further development that the old petrol station site is developed first!

All these empty brown field sites need developing first.
How about they make sure before any further development that the old petrol station site is developed first! All these empty brown field sites need developing first. swjoduk
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7:52pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Cinders2001 says...

One Word.... PARKING!

It's hard enough for us who already live here to find a space without adding more homes!
One Word.... PARKING! It's hard enough for us who already live here to find a space without adding more homes! Cinders2001
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9:25pm Mon 7 Jan 13

MINIME2 says...

All residents in the area keep their properties up to scratch. Mr Moxey is the one who has let his property go into a dilapadated state if he cleaned it up perhaps he would be able to let it to a going concern !!! Whoever heard of cars leaving and entering garages across a public pavement ? where are the residue of cars from the 8 x 2 bed flats going to park ? with only one parking space allocated to each flat there are double yellow lines all around. Absolutely ludicrous idea !!!!!!!
All residents in the area keep their properties up to scratch. Mr Moxey is the one who has let his property go into a dilapadated state if he cleaned it up perhaps he would be able to let it to a going concern !!! Whoever heard of cars leaving and entering garages across a public pavement ? where are the residue of cars from the 8 x 2 bed flats going to park ? with only one parking space allocated to each flat there are double yellow lines all around. Absolutely ludicrous idea !!!!!!! MINIME2
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9:34pm Mon 7 Jan 13

BaldCarl2 says...

Bridgwater is absolutely desperate for more flats.

Otherwise where are we going to put all the unmarried teenage mothers who make a career out of claiming benefits.

Oh, and don't forget the Polish too. You could fit an extended family in each one of those flats.
Bridgwater is absolutely desperate for more flats. Otherwise where are we going to put all the unmarried teenage mothers who make a career out of claiming benefits. Oh, and don't forget the Polish too. You could fit an extended family in each one of those flats. BaldCarl2
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10:11pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Blue Owl says...

swjoduk wrote:
How about they make sure before any further development that the old petrol station site is developed first!

All these empty brown field sites need developing first.
I agree with your comments re the derilect former filling station. This has been an eyesore for so long, I remember when it was granted planning Permission, this was so long ago, it's probably lapsed, there were plans for nice frontage on the pavement with rear car parking access. This Should be Developed!, but, if anyone wants to change usage of properties, they have the right to apply for Planning Consent. Whether its Granted is another matter, for the Planning Officer & the Commitee if it goes to Commitee.

Regards Blue-Owl.
[quote][p][bold]swjoduk[/bold] wrote: How about they make sure before any further development that the old petrol station site is developed first! All these empty brown field sites need developing first.[/p][/quote]I agree with your comments re the derilect former filling station. This has been an eyesore for so long, I remember when it was granted planning Permission, this was so long ago, it's probably lapsed, there were plans for nice frontage on the pavement with rear car parking access. This Should be Developed!, but, if anyone wants to change usage of properties, they have the right to apply for Planning Consent. Whether its Granted is another matter, for the Planning Officer & the Commitee if it goes to Commitee. Regards Blue-Owl. Blue Owl
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10:26pm Mon 7 Jan 13

MINIME2 says...

Blue Owl. Planning on the garage site was for 8 small cottages and residents in the immediate vicinity welcomed the plans. The plans lapsed 4 years ago and I believe to be able to develope the site now planning application has to be submitted again. The plans for the Bath Road site next to the Newmarket are rediculous who wants to live next door to the Newmarket ??
Blue Owl. Planning on the garage site was for 8 small cottages and residents in the immediate vicinity welcomed the plans. The plans lapsed 4 years ago and I believe to be able to develope the site now planning application has to be submitted again. The plans for the Bath Road site next to the Newmarket are rediculous who wants to live next door to the Newmarket ?? MINIME2
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10:45am Thu 10 Jan 13

Cyborgigy says...

Thankfully the Council have a little more vision and foresight than the petty locals who whinge and moan about any development they can. Sour grapes me feels. Have you got nothing better to do. As for the petrol station, if anyone fancies taking on such a project then why not buy the site and get on with it. What is the dirtbikestore site if not a brownfield site. If you whinge at this one just wait and see what happens when the application comes out for the 2000 properties that will infest the cattle market site.......Sad
Thankfully the Council have a little more vision and foresight than the petty locals who whinge and moan about any development they can. Sour grapes me feels. Have you got nothing better to do. As for the petrol station, if anyone fancies taking on such a project then why not buy the site and get on with it. What is the dirtbikestore site if not a brownfield site. If you whinge at this one just wait and see what happens when the application comes out for the 2000 properties that will infest the cattle market site.......Sad Cyborgigy
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11:58am Thu 10 Jan 13

brianj42 says...

MINIME2 wrote:
Blue Owl. Planning on the garage site was for 8 small cottages and residents in the immediate vicinity welcomed the plans. The plans lapsed 4 years ago and I believe to be able to develope the site now planning application has to be submitted again. The plans for the Bath Road site next to the Newmarket are rediculous who wants to live next door to the Newmarket ??
I am sure that the residents of the houses in Lower Bath Road would be so pleased to know that you think so highly of their choice of abode being so close to the "Newmarket". Personally I think the planned apartments will start to revitalize the area.....
[quote][p][bold]MINIME2[/bold] wrote: Blue Owl. Planning on the garage site was for 8 small cottages and residents in the immediate vicinity welcomed the plans. The plans lapsed 4 years ago and I believe to be able to develope the site now planning application has to be submitted again. The plans for the Bath Road site next to the Newmarket are rediculous who wants to live next door to the Newmarket ??[/p][/quote]I am sure that the residents of the houses in Lower Bath Road would be so pleased to know that you think so highly of their choice of abode being so close to the "Newmarket". Personally I think the planned apartments will start to revitalize the area..... brianj42
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1:53pm Thu 10 Jan 13

MINIME2 says...

Cyborgigy , brianj42.
Cyborgigy im not sure where you obtained 2,000 homes figure for the market site but that is wrong you have not even mentioned the roads that are on the plans or the recreational area's. Residents in the market area have been given plans to look at so if you care to knock on anyone's door im sure they would be pleased to put you straight on the proposed plans. No, no sour grapes here but if the flats go ahead and a pedestrian or a person in a wheel chair gets hit by a vehicle coming out of the proposed front garages can they come to you and ask for your help ? no I dont think so!
brianj42 The Newmarket was a well renowned pub in the last years it has become an eyesore .Who in their right mind would want to buy a nice new flat next to it ? we would make sure they know so then perhaps the flats would become derelict ! The residents around this area clean up which is a council job the residents cut the bank alongside the railway which is a council job and yet we all pay our council tax. Mr Moxey should have kept the Dirt bike shop up to scratch it's that ,that is a blot on our road alongside with the Newmarket they compliment each other.
Cyborgigy , brianj42. Cyborgigy im not sure where you obtained 2,000 homes figure for the market site but that is wrong you have not even mentioned the roads that are on the plans or the recreational area's. Residents in the market area have been given plans to look at so if you care to knock on anyone's door im sure they would be pleased to put you straight on the proposed plans. No, no sour grapes here but if the flats go ahead and a pedestrian or a person in a wheel chair gets hit by a vehicle coming out of the proposed front garages can they come to you and ask for your help ? no I dont think so! brianj42 The Newmarket was a well renowned pub in the last years it has become an eyesore .Who in their right mind would want to buy a nice new flat next to it ? we would make sure they know so then perhaps the flats would become derelict ! The residents around this area clean up which is a council job the residents cut the bank alongside the railway which is a council job and yet we all pay our council tax. Mr Moxey should have kept the Dirt bike shop up to scratch it's that ,that is a blot on our road alongside with the Newmarket they compliment each other. MINIME2
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