Housing development for ‘eyesore’ Clevedon farm
PUBLISHED: 16:00 22 September 2017
An disused farm in Clevedon described as an ‘eyesore’ by residents could be transformed into a housing development.
The landowner at Court Farm, in All Saints Lane, is proposing to redevelop the site to create nine homes, comprising six new-builds and three conversions.
Planning consultant Alder King has been involved in pre-application discussions with North Somerset Council, which has agreed to the development in principle, while a series of technical studies have also been undertaken at the site – which has also been used for commercial storage and an equestrian centre.
A letter sent by planning consultant Alder King to nearby residents says: “In order to accommodate the new dwellings on the site, the existing dilapidated and prefabricated agricultural buildings and some more traditional buildings will be demolished.
“The new dwellings will be designed and located to be sympathetic to the two retained barns and be of a two-storey height.”
Residents in All Saints Lane and Careys Close have been calling for traffic calming measures and parking enforcement to be introduced in the area for years, pompting North Somerset Council to earmark thousands of pounds to introduce a 20mph speed limit last year.
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Although residents have reacted positively to the proposals, there are concerns about the increased level of traffic the new homes may cause to an area they describe as ‘frequently chaotic’.
John Holman, who has been leading the campaign, told the Times: “Overall I believe it is a good thing.
“The farm is currently an eyesore and is ripe for development or renewal. There are some lovely old buildings there and to just let them fall down would be awful.
“I have concerns regarding the access. They clearly intend to reopen the metal gates which haven’t been used for many years, and as both this and the farm gate itself face the wider section of the road, are the developers aware that is not public land?
“I also have concerns this will lead to an overall increase in traffic, especially at the end of the lane. This junction is frequently chaotic as it is, particularly when the traffic to and from Castlewood is at a peak.”