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Council leader fears encouraging developers to come forward if greenbelt made available for housing

PUBLISHED: 13:00 23 November 2017

How The Vale development could look. Picture: Taylor Wimpey.

How The Vale development could look. Picture: Taylor Wimpey.

Taylor Wimpey.

Allowing homes to be built on North Somerset’s greenbelt will cause more problems than it solves, according to North Somerset Council leader Nigel Ashton.

Speaking ahead of the joint spatial plan (JSP) vote last week, he reiterated the council did not want to allow homes to be built on greenbelt to the south of Bristol.

Taylor Wimpey has made public its desire to build 4,500 homes.
in The Vale, near Barrow Gurney, but with the land protected it would need the council’s stance to soften.

MORE: What does Taylor Wimpey want to build at The Vale?.

While calls were made be more than one councillor for a greenbelt review at the executive meeting on November 14, the leader remains against the idea.

Cllr Ashton believes a greenbelt review would encourage developers to submit more proposals.

He said promoting building at The Vale in the JSP would only succeed in easing Bristol’s affordable housing shortage and add to North Somerset’s education costs.

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