Appeal lodged over proposal for 450 homes in Nailsea

PUBLISHED: 16:00 13 December 2018 | UPDATED: 16:19 13 December 2018

The land in the south of Nailsea which the town council wants to be given greenbelt status.

The land in the south of Nailsea which the town council wants to be given greenbelt status.

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A developer has lodged an appeal against North Somerset Council after it failed to make a decision on plans to build 450 homes in Nailsea quickly enough.

Mactaggart and Mickel Homes applied for permission to build hundreds of homes to the north of Youngwood Lane and east of Netherton Wood Lane in July 2016.

More: Developer warned to abandon plans or face a riot.

The initial decision date of November 2016 was put back until May 2018 and the developer has now lodged an appeal due to non-determination of outline planning permission for the proposal.

The appeal will be heard during a six-day inquiry which will begin on September 3 next year.

North Somerset Council has confirmed it would have refused the application, stating the development was ‘premature’ and would ‘undermine the coordinated planning and extension of Nailsea envisaged by the draft Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) and the emerging North Somerset Local Plan’.

A report prepared for the appeal states: “Given its location and relationship to proposals for development and strategic transport options being considered for Nailsea, the effect of developing this important site will be so substantial that to grant permission for a housing scheme at this stage will undermine the plan-making process and will predetermine decisions about the scale, location, phasing, infrastructure provision and distribution of development to the south west of Nailsea central to the draft JSP.

“The proposal has the potential to predetermine and prejudice future sustainable development at Nailsea and therefore undermine the planning, delivery and sustainability of one of the strategic development locations identified in, and central to, the JSP.”

Nailsea is earmarked for 2,575 homes over the next 20 years, with another 725 possible after 2036.

More: Town earmarked to take thousands of new homes.

Nailsea Town Council is keen for new houses to be built to boost the area’s population, but it is also calling for a masterplan to prevent piecemeal development and a lack of infrastructure.

North Somerset Council will prepare evidence for the planning inquiry to show that the proposal would be ‘prejudicial, premature, and harmful’ to the strategic development proposals emerging though the JSP as well as the North Somerset Local Plan.

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