Developer to work with community on Nailsea housing plans
PUBLISHED: 13:00 23 August 2018
A developer keen to build a ‘major’ development to the south of Nailsea has confirmed the site will include ‘a large area of undeveloped land’.
Last week the Times reported about Gleeson Homes’ intention to build homes around Engine Lane, towards Backwell Lake and Nailsea and Backwell Railway Station.
The development has not been allocated as a site in the Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) which has already proposed 2,575 homes for Nailsea along with five schools, shops and community facilities.
A Gleeson Homes spokesman said: “The Gleeson land is located to the south of the town.
“We have yet to prepare a master plan which would confirm the exact location and capacity of the development.
“But, once the local plan has progressed through its first round of consultation, we are keen to work with North Somerset Council, town council and local community to define the precise development boundaries, land uses and extent of the remaining strategic gap.
“It is important for the local community to understand the area under the control of Gleeson would not be developed in its entirety, a significant number of houses would be delivered but this would be set alongside a large area of undeveloped, remaining, land.
“Our overarching vision at this stage is to provide a positive addition to the existing town, particularly in terms of housing mix, development form, land use and character, improved access to the station and safe and secure access to the site, minimising impacts of the local highway network.”
The site is in an area which Nailsea Town Council is keen to see designated as greenbelt and councillors are also concerned it does not leave enough of a strategic gap between Nailsea and Backwell, thus threatening their independence.
Town council clerk Ian Morrell said: “Gleeson Homes is promoting a major development south of the town, which is on land the town council is opposed to building on.
“At the meeting on August 8 it was agreed the planning sub-committee will produce an option paper to be discussed at council, which will consider the council’s policy on site allocations in the context of the JSP and the local plan.”
The authority is looking at other possible sites as the number of homes allocated for North Somerset in the JSP is expected to rise.