Plan for factory demolition and dozens of homes wins favour from councillors

PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 September 2018

The factory site bought by Newland Homes looks set to be converted into housing.

The factory site bought by Newland Homes looks set to be converted into housing.

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Plans to build a ‘mini village’ on the site of a former factory have been given unanimous backing by councillors.

Yatton Parish Council has voted to support Newland Homes’ proposals to demolish Claverham Works, in Bishops Road, and build 77 homes.

The developer has lodged a planning application with North Somerset Council to harvest the site – which was once a factory run by UTC Aerospace Systems but has been vacant for a number of years – for housing.

And parish councillors called on the local authority to approve the development, which is included in Claverham’s neighbourhood development plan, at a planning committee meeting on September 3.

Villagers had feared the north and May fields adjoining the site would also be developed as part of the project, but the houses will be contained within the footprint of the factory.

No affordable housing will be provided as part of the project due to Government policies on brownfield sites.

Ahead of the meeting some villagers had raised concerns over the development’s potential traffic impact, but these were quashed by Cllr Roger Wood.

He said: “The factory had 200 people working there, and I’ve never seen a queue of cars going in or coming out.

“If there are only 77 houses, that’s only 140 cars. It isn’t a problem when it’s compared to the North End, where 800 houses are planned on roundabout.

“It is in Claverham’s neighbourhood plan, there is a mixture of houses and most people won’t see the houses because it is completely surrounded by trees.

“It’s almost a little mini village.”

A poll of 130 readers on the Times website found 69 per cent supported the plans.

Cllr Robert Jenner offered his support to the application, but argued the designs were not aesthetically pleasing.

He said: “My only disappointment is it’s so bland with the same houses.

“I would have liked to have seen something a little more individual to the site, rather than the standard buildings we see everywhere.”

The parish council has submitted its comments to North Somerset Council, which is expected to deliver a verdict on planning permission in the coming weeks.

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