Housing plan at site earmarked for employment

PUBLISHED: 11:45 22 August 2016

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Plans for a new housing development in Kenn have been submitted.

Projex Developments wants to build eight three-bedroom homes on the former Mill Farm Farmhouse site near to the Yeo Bank business park in Kenn Road.

The land had been reserved for employment use but could now become a residential area due to there being no ‘tangible interest’ from businesses.

Kit Stokes from planning consultants Aspect 360 said: “The site is previously developed land, outside a protected landscape or the greenbelt and residential use is deemed to be the most viable.

“The extensive marketing campaigns undertaken for the site by the owner over a number of years have demonstrated that the consented office use is not financially viable, and there has been no tangible interest for other commercial uses.

“The application has not been contentious and is supported by Kenn Parish Council because it will bring a sensible amount of family housing, on a previously developed site within walking distance of the facilities in Clevedon.

“This is very different to large-scale speculative housing applications on greenfield sites adjoining local villages such as Yatton and Congresbury, hence the local support.”

The development would also include off-street parking and the creation of a new cul-de-sac to access the properties.

A pre-application has also been submitted by St Modwen Developments which wants to build up to 200 new homes in the village on land to the west of Kenn Road.

The final decision will rest with North Somerset Council.

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