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‘Desperate plea’ from groups calls for more affordable housing in Clevedon

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 October 2017

Land will also be earmarked for employment use.

Land will also be earmarked for employment use.

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Clevedon groups are calling on developers to tackle the town’s ‘desperate need’ for affordable housing.

Both the town council and neighbourhood development plan (NDP) steering group have called for action to be taken in response to proposals to transform a former farm into nine new homes.

MORE: Plans for new homes at Court Farm revealed

Representatives from planning consultant Alder King spoke to Clevedon Town Council’s planning committee last week about the proposals for Court Farm, in All Saints Lane, but councillors are concerned it will become more ‘prestige’ homes.

Cllr David Shopland added: “We want affordable housing but this is not the site for it.

“I don’t think it is sufficiently large enough to make it compulsory for affordable housing.

“This is unfortunately a prestige site and it will be developed as such.”

Cllr Chris Starr said: “We haven’t had any affordable housing built in Clevedon for the best part of five years, and we desperately need affordable housing.”

Increasing the amount of affordable housing in the town is also one of the main challenges facing the NDP steering group, which is forming a vision for Clevedon to the year 2036.

Peter Templeton, steering group chairman, said: “The lack of affordable housing is likely to have an increasingly adverse impact on Clevedon and is forcing younger people to live elsewhere.

“Recent planning approvals have failed to address these issues.

“Since 2011, 124 homes have been built in Clevedon.

“None of these have met North Somerset Council’s affordable homes policy and many are flats, executive developments or accommodation reserved for elderly people.

“Had affordable housing policy been applied within Clevedon, at least 30 per cent of these should have been affordable homes.

“This issue should be key to any plan for Clevedon’s future.”

The NDP steering group will hold its next meeting at the town council offices in Old Street on November 6 when it will discuss employment, the town centre, heritage and the seafront.

To get involved with the NDP, contact clevedonneighbourhoodplan@gmail.com

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