Housing plan for Yatton is rejected by North Somerset Council
PUBLISHED: 09:35 05 September 2016
A housing developer’s plan to build 60 homes in Yatton has been quashed by North Somerset Council.
Taylor Wimpey had wanted to build the homes off Stowey Road, close to the Hangstones Pavilion, and it lodged an application for outline planning permission last year.
The development would have included a provision for affordable housing if it had been built, and Taylor Wimpey also said the site would have included open space for walking.
In its original application, Taylor Wimpey said the site’s ‘sustainable’ location made it a viable option for development, while it had also promised to make a financial contribution towards both primary and secondary education in the area.
However, the council’s planning officers said the development would be out of keeping with the rest of the village.
Officers also felt the development should not go ahead as it would have been located outside of Yatton’s settlement boundary.
The council said: “The proposal will result in an adverse impact on the landscape character and quality of the area, and resultant harm to the rural setting and edge of the village.
“The site, with the exception of a small area of land at the site access onto Stowey Road, lies within a rural area outside the settlement boundary for the village of Yatton and within an area where new residential housing development is not allowed.”
The proposal had also been criticised by Yatton Parish Council, which said it had serious concerns about the impact an extra 60 homes would have on the village, in addition to hundreds of homes which have already received planning permission for North End.
The parish council said: “The local infrastructure is struggling to provide for the current levels of use, resulting in congested roads, long waiting times for healthcare and limited school places.
“The necessary improvements to these key areas should be in place before any new construction commences in the parish.”
The No Moor Development group also opposed the housing plan.