Charities seek homes on Nailsea fields

PUBLISHED: 07:24 11 March 2019 | UPDATED: 07:24 11 March 2019

Housing. Picture: Getty Images

Housing. Picture: Getty Images

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Two charities are keen to build dozens of homes in Nailsea on a site once set aside for community use.

St Peter’s Hospice and Brunelcare have applied to North Somerset Council for outline planning permission to build 24 homes on undeveloped, private land to the south of Trendlewood Way.

The land, also known as Shepstone Fields, used to belong to Mary Shepstone who left the fields to Brunelcare and St Peter’s Hospice in her will – to be used to serve the community.

North Somerset Council removed the designation due to a lack of proposals to develop the land for the community.

In the design and access statement, the charities state: “Development of the site can deliver a variety of much-needed housing, to complement the current provision.

“The illustrative masterplan allows for a range of dwelling types from one-bed apartments to five-bed detached homes.

“A range of built forms will also be provided, including apartments, several pairs of semi-detached homes and detached houses.

“A range of tenure is proposed including open market units and affordable homes delivered at 30 per cent.”

The site comprises two fields, separated by hedgerows and an area of woodland.

Nailsea Town Council’s planning committee has recommended the application is accepted, subject to a number of conditions.

The authority wants concerns relating to a number of issues, including drainage, to be explored and resolved in consultation with residents.

It also wants to examine the housing mix, ensure land is sold on a freehold basis and a pedestrian crossing is installed in Trendlewood Way.

A spokesman for North Somerset Council said: “The Trendlewood Way site was identified as a safeguarded site for community use previously, in the North Somerset Local Plan 2007.

“No community use development ever came forward, and the site was deemed to be suitable in principle for housing and allocated in the Site Allocations Plan as a residential site in 2018.”

More: Action group is formed to stop threat to fields.

In 2013, the charities were keen to build 40 homes on the site, but the application was met with opposition from a number of neighbours.

North Somerset Council has been told to allow about 21,000 homes to be built between 2006-2026.

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