Neighbours fear homes on old factory site will ‘stick out like a sore thumb’

PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 August 2018

Titan Ladders Ltd in Yatton.

Titan Ladders Ltd in Yatton.

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Neighbours to an old factory site say they face a ‘life of misery’ if housing plans are passed.

The old Titan Ladders site in Yatton is earmarked to be turned into a housing estate, but villagers and Yatton Parish Council have slated a proposed scheme for being too large and not being well designed.

An initial plan for 39 homes and apartments has been reduced by two, but there are still major fears about what will happen if the plans go ahead unaltered.

Neighbours to Titan’s site in Mendip Road criticised the planned estate’s ‘cramped’ nature and fear the height of the homes would prevent their properties receiving any sunlight.

Colin Jones, of Lodge Close, said the development would ‘stick out like a sore thumb’.

He added: “Most of us (neighbours) are happy with residential development, but it cannot make life a misery for the people living around it.”

Titan Ladders has already moved its base to Clevedon and a draft neighbourhood plan for Yatton suggests housing would be sensible on the site.

But Monday night, Yatton Parish Council unanimously voted to continue to object to the plans in their current form.

Two small roads are planned in the estate off which the homes will be built, but they are not wide enough for refuse trucks to turn around or for cars to park on the street.

Cllr Chris Jackson said: “We wish to see development on the site but it should be done properly.

“The road layout forces HGVs to reverse which is building in a danger that doesn’t need to be there.”

The plan features a small turning bay half-way down both streets, but they are only big enough for a car or a small truck.

Normally, North Somerset Council adopts new roads when they meet a required standard, but it is not keen to take them on and maintain them if the plans do not change.

This has prompted concern among parish councillors, as it would require the 30-plus homeowners to fund any repairs the private road needs. Issues with such schemes are apparent elsewhere in the village, with Wakedean Garden homeowners looking into funding large-scale repairs to the private road leading up to their properties.

Concerns over insufficient parking spaces were also raised by the public and councillors.

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