Care village and more than 100 homes planned for Yatton’s North End
PUBLISHED: 06:52 16 October 2017
There are no plans to open a new school in Yatton, despite the large influx of homes being built, according to North Somerset Council.
The comments come days after Bloor Homes revealed a detailed plan for its latest phase of housing at North End.
It is in the process of building 150 on phase one and wants to add 107 more to the north of that off Arnolds Way.
Space for a care village and a school has been allocated, but Bloor will not be responsible for building the latter.
It already has outline planning permission for a second phase of ‘up to 200 homes’, but needs a more definite plan ratified by the council before construction can commence. That reserved matters application was submitted last week.
Bloor says the decision to reduce housing numbers is not unusual.
Its spokesman added: “The outline application for up to 200 homes covered the whole site, whereas the reserved matters application we submitted in September only covers the land for open market homes.
“A second application for extra care housing will be submitted by a specialist provider at a later date. This will include around 60 apartments which should result in around 167 homes in total.
“It’s not unusual for there to be a difference between the number of homes applied for at the outline and reserved matters stages. The number of homes in an outline application is an approximate ‘up to’ figure, and reserved matters applications often vary in number due to market demand at the time based on density and the mix of homes.”
While the council has no immediate plans to build a new school, it concedes it may be necessary in future if Yatton children are not to face a commute to Clevedon or beyond.
It was only at last month’s Yatton Parish Council meeting that villagers raised concerns over a lack of school places.
A council spokesman said: “In supporting the principle of local schools for local children there is an expectation pupils living in this development would want to be educated in Yatton.
“The council has agreed to accept a land allocation as a proportionate contribution from this developer, in lieu of a financial contribution toward the need for infrastructure within the village.”