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Council produces list of new sites for housing

PUBLISHED: 09:08 28 January 2016 | UPDATED: 14:58 28 January 2016

The housing developments will be debated at next week's planning meeting.

The housing developments will be debated at next week's planning meeting.

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More than 2,500 homes have been earmarked for development in North Somerset Council’s draft housing plan, which is set to be confirmed on Tuesday.

CRAG has been campaigning against unsustainable development following multiple proposed developments in Congresbury. Photo by Jeremy Long CRAG has been campaigning against unsustainable development following multiple proposed developments in Congresbury. Photo by Jeremy Long

A lengthy investigation of where houses can be built has been carried out by the authority since the Government’s insistence North Somerset accepts thousands more properties than the council wished to permit.

The analysis, which states Yatton should take more new homes than Clevedon and Portishead combined, shows there is enough room to accommodate the required number of homes without building on greenbelt, according to the council.

The plans will go out for public consultation, but the housing breakdown has angered many campaigners, who have labelled the housing breakdown plan as ‘intolerable’.

Further development sites identified by council

Churchill

* Pudding Pie Lane (East) - 141 homes

* Syas Lane - 43 homes

* Pudding Pie Lane (West) - 35 homes

Congresbury

* Cobthorn Way - 54 homes

Nailsea

* Engine Lane - 180 homes

* Uplands - 100 homes

* West End - 20 homes

* Station Road - 15 homes

Portishead

* Downside - 23 homes

Weston-super-Mare

* Oldmixon Road - 150 homes

* Bridgwater Road - 70 homes

Yatton

* Arnolds Way Phase Two - 200 homes

* North End (off Arnolds Way) - 170 homes

* Moor Lane - 80 homes

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Planned new homes:

* Nailsea - 865

* Yatton - 696

* Portishead - 409

* Clevedon - 234

* Failand - 124 (development at the former Redwood Lodge complex)

* Backwell - 65

* Congresbury - 54

* Barrow Gurney - 43

* Kenn - 14

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Last year North Somerset Council was told to find room for 20,985 homes to be built in a 20-year period from 2006. The figure was almost 7,000 more than it initially was keen to permit and forced a rethink on where homes could be built.

On Tuesday, the council’s executive meeting is expected to confirm new areas where it believes development should be allowed.

The figures for each town and village are backdated to April 2015, meaning developments recently under way, such as at Arnolds Way in Yatton, form part of the new targets.

Campaign group No Moor Development says the plan for Yatton is ‘destructive’.

Its spokesman said: “We’re shocked and angered the council is effectively inviting developers to build a dormitory settlement consisting of more than 500 houses at North End without first ensuring additional housing on that scale is supported with adequate infrastructure.

“We find it utterly intolerable the council feels it is obliged to rush through unsustainable development just to get on track with regards to meeting the made up housing target imposed on it. Once a green field is lost, it is lost forever.”

The council’s plan includes 9,042 homes for Weston and Worle and 219 in Churchill.

However the breakdown in potential housing numbers has drawn criticism with several sites earmarked for development already subject to planning permission applications.

A spokesman for Congresbury Residents’ Action Group believes the Government’s intervention has been costly to communities within North Somerset.

The said: “CRAG is concerned about the Sunley site at Cobthorn Way appearing on the new allocation list. Is this tacit approval of the scheme before the planning committee has a chance to comment?

How can North Somerset Council put Pudding Pie Lane, Churchill where the planning committee has sanctioned 141 houses, on the same list as Cobthorn Way, Congresbury where there is an application for 54 houses?

“The Sunley scheme for Cobthorn Way has raised more than 200 objections from residents saying the site is unsuitable.

“The Internal Drainage Board has objected, as well as Natural England and the council’s own ecology officer. I think the council is worried by Government scaremongering on housing and is being driven by numbers, not planning considerations.

“If the Cobthorn Way scheme goes ahead, it will have a major impact on traffic safety in that part of the village, and given the narrow access to the site, on the safety of pedestrians.

“I hope this will be recognised when it finally comes to the planning committee for a decision.”

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