Decision looms for hundreds of Yatton homes

PUBLISHED: 09:18 10 February 2016 | UPDATED: 09:31 10 February 2016

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A North Somerset councillor says her village has been ‘unfairly’ and ‘disproportionately’ targeted as a site for hundreds of potential new homes during the next 10 years.

Jill Iles, who represents Yatton, said plans to build nearly 700 more homes in the village – an ambition revealed by North Somerset Council last month – would cause ‘chaos’ for motorists if approved by the authority’s planning and regulatory committee.

Developer Hallam Land Management’s plans to build 170 homes off Arnolds Way, in the north end of the village, have already been recommended for approval by the council’s planning officers.

However, the final say rested with the planning committee, which was due to rule on the application this afternoon (Wednesday).

Cllr Iles said her views are shared by fellow Yatton councillor Judith Hadley, and said the north end of the village will suffer if the plan goes ahead.

Cllr Iles said: “Yatton has roughly 7,000 residents and this increase in housing, especially at North End, would change the whole feel of the village.

“It will be chaos on the roads because nobody will be moving. People love their cars and North End is out on a limb. It is not central.

“People will not walk into Yatton from North End so I am worried about the High Street.

“I think people (in Yatton) are quite open to having a certain number of houses, but I think it is the sheer volume which is overwhelming everyone and (has left us) wondering how we will cope.

“If they do go ahead we need to get the best contribution from developers to mitigate the impact.”

The plans to build in Yatton emerged after the council was ordered to build almost 21,000 homes by 2026 by Government planners.

While about 10,000 of these homes will be built in Weston and its surrounding area, service villages such as Yatton are being expected to accommodate hundreds of new houses – and it is Yatton’s share which Cllr Iles criticised as ‘unfair’.

She told the Times: “We are in difficult times. This situation is something which has been imposed on us and nobody wants this.

“Obviously there are not that many places left for housing, bearing in mind all the problems we have with flooding and greenbelt land. But Cllr Hadley and I thought it was unfair and disproportionate and should be more evenly shared.

“Obviously Weston and the Weston villages have taken a fair amount of these extra houses, but then it is down to the service villages and it seems Yatton is top of the list.

“Yatton has a rather large proportion of the numbers we have to find.”


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