Council agrees to go ahead with plans for Engine Lane homes

PUBLISHED: 10:00 18 May 2017

A street scene from the Engine Lane proposal.

A street scene from the Engine Lane proposal.

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Nailsea Town Council has approved a proposal to build 183 homes on land off Engine Lane.

Computer generated images of the proposed Engine Lane development.Computer generated images of the proposed Engine Lane development.

The authority held a special meeting on May 10 to review the plans and decide whether to approve them.

The scheme includes 128 homes which will be sold on the open market, comprising 81 three-bedroom and 22 two-bedroom properties and 25 houses with four or more rooms.

There will also be 45 affordable homes, with 10 available under a shared ownership scheme.

Barratt Homes has allowed room for open space with fields and a children’s play area.

Nailsea Town Council agreed the scheme conforms to the town council’s housing mix policy and voted to proceed with the proposal.

Cllr Clare Hunt said: “This hasn’t been an easy project and Barratt Homes has worked hard to meet our demands.

“I believe it has done this and I commend it.

“I really hope one day we’ll be welcoming families into our town who will be pleased we’ve gone to a lot of work for this development.”

People living in Nailsea will have the opportunity to secure one of the homes from the first phase two months before they are advertised on the open market.

Town council clerk Ian Morrell said: “The town council has approved the development proposal by Barratt Homes and now a joint application between the town council and Barratt Homes will be submitted to North Somerset Council.

“Residents who are in favour and opposed to the scheme will have the opportunity to make their comments to the planning authority.

“People with a connection to Nailsea will get a two-month head start. If they meet the criteria they will only be competing with other people who meet the criteria for local purchases.

“This is a big deal because the objective was to create housing for local people.”

Nailsea Town Council agreed in principle to sell the land to Barratt Homes in December 2015 to provide more homes for families, provided the developer came up with a scheme which complied with the town’s housing mix policy.

If the scheme is approved, Barratt Homes expects properties to be ready for sale in the summer next year.


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