Weston councillor Colin Barrett has expressed disappointment at a decision by Bath and North East Somerset Council’s Development Control Committee to approve plans which will see new flats built on part of the car park behind the village’s Tesco store resulting in a loss of parking spaces.
At the meeting, held on Wednesday 21 November, Conservative councillor Barrett spoke against the plans, arguing that the reduction in parking spaces would cause further parking problems in the village.
Following the meeting, Cllr Colin Barrett (Cons, Weston) said:
“I’m naturally very disappointed with this decision as I believed we had some very strong arguments against the plans as they stand. I was pleased that we managed to persuade some of the committee to vote against the application, though unfortunately not enough to stop it.
“At the meeting, I urged the committee to reject the proposal on the grounds that parking is already at a premium in Weston and the reduction in parking spaces as part of the development will only lead to more problems.
“The situation we will now have is a much larger store attracting more shoppers from further afield, plus new flats, but with fewer parking spaces available. I will be working with Tesco and the developer to see if anything can be done to mitigate the impact this will have.”