Concerns raised over Moor Lane development

PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 October 2015

Councillors insist proposal fits with ther neighbourhood plan.

Councillors insist proposal fits with ther neighbourhood plan.


Councillors in Backwell are calling for the decision on a planning application to be deferred because it does not adhere to its neighbourhood plan.

Backwell Parish Council is concerned about traffic problems and the lack of smaller homes for downsizing in Taylor Wimpey’s plans for 65 homes off Moor Lane.

Moor Lane has been earmarked as a preferred site for development in Backwell’s neighbourhood plan, but the parish council says changes need to be made to the proposals to bring it in line with the plan.

Chairman, Cllr Bob Taylor said: “The site is part-owned by North Somerset Council and Taylor Wimpey. In the spirit of the neighbourhood plan, both Taylor Wimpey and North Somerset Council must take on board what we have indicated in our neighbourhood plan.

“Our residents will not accept any decision that falls outside of this and will expect the parish council to use all its means at its disposal to fight any that do not.

“There are two main obstacles – the mix of housing and the traffic problems that would occur in Moor Lane and the junction with Station Road.

“It is quite clear that the three-bed houses offered are not suitable for retirement or downsizing, but are good for first-time buyers.

“As the overwhelming demand is for small retirement as well as superior bungalows for downsizing, we respectfully ask that they be in the mix, giving plenty of choice.

“We feel we need more dialogue with Taylor Wimpey and North Somerset Council to address these issues, so we ask that you defer until all parties are in agreement in accordance with our plan.”

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