Church, homes, and new school on the horizon?

HUNDREDS of new homes, a school, a church, offices and retirement homes could be built in Nailsea over the next 14 years.

North Somerset Council’s executive committee was due to meet yesterday (Tues), as the Times went to press, to discuss the sites and policies development plan document.

Following the adoption of the core strategy in April 2012, the document is the first public stage in the preparation of the detailed plan which determines future development in North Somerset until 2026.

The document has identified the need for 14,000 new homes to be built in North Somerset - Weston will house the most, but 3,717 new properties have been earmarked for Nailsea, Clevedon and Portishead.

The two main areas suggested for development in Nailsea are land to the north west of the town and the Trendlewood Way area.

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To the north west of Nailsea, the plans suggest allocating land for up to 450 new homes, including affordable housing, and 1.5 hectares to be set aside for employment use.

The playing field off Causeway View would be replaced and changing rooms added.

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Impacts of traffic on local roads and the provision of social and community facilities, including school places, will be considered when plans are discussed.

The document states: “Nailsea Town Council supports limited growth in the town given evidence of a declining and ageing population and to contribute to a better balance in the housing stock.”

Land at Trendlewood Way has been earmarked for a number of uses.

At least 0.7 hectares could be set aside for the community including allotments and possibly a new church building. The rest of the land could be taken up by 14 retirement homes.

The document states: “Nailsea Town Council has identified a need for more retirement homes in the town and considers this to be an appropriate location.

“The town council would also like to see allotments on the site.

“In addition, a need for a church site with associated car parking has also been identified. This site could accommodate all these uses.”

Trendlewood Church, which was set up by Holy Trinity Church 23 years ago to serve the estate, currently meets at Golden Valley School and is very keen to build a church and community facility in the area if land becomes available.

North Somerset Council officers have recommended the executive committee approves draft plans as a basis for public consultation, which is due to start in February next year.

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