Council will sign Engine Lane contract if homes are sold as freeholds

PUBLISHED: 09:00 02 February 2017

Land off Engine Lane which could be built on.

Land off Engine Lane which could be built on.

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Nailsea Town Council has agreed a contract with Barratt Homes for the sale of Engine Lane – providing the developer sells the properties as freeholds rather than leaseholds.

At a meeting on January 25, councillors raised concerns families could be left without homes or face increasing rents if the developer decided to sell them as leaseholds – where ownership returns to the landlord after a set period of time.

The council voted in favour of signing the contract on the condition the properties will be sold as freeholds – where people own the property and land outright.

Town council clerk Ian Morrell said: “The next stage is Barratt Homes will produce a planning application and the terms of contract require them to come to get town council approval as landowners to their planning application.”

A number of residents have opposed the plans appealing for the land, also known as Gaulacre, to remain as open space. Concerns have also been raised about pressure on infrastructure and local services.

Despite these objections, the council agreed to sell the land to Barratt Homes in December to provide more homes for families in the area and boost its declining population.

The developer wants to build 183 properties and the mix proposed is 128 private two, three and four bedroom homes – with the focus on smaller family homes at the request of Nailsea Town Council. There will also be 55 affordable homes, for social housing.

The authority has also agreed to pay North Somerset Council £475,000 to remove the restrictive covenant on part of the 14-acre site.

A planning application from Barratt Homes is expected to be submitted next month.


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