Charities secure permission for 24 homes in Nailsea

Brunelcare and St Peter's Hospice's masterplan for Trendlewood Way.

Brunelcare and St Peter's Hospice's masterplan for Trendlewood Way. - Credit: Brunelcare and St Peter's Hospice.

Two charities have secured permission for 24 houses on an undeveloped parcel of land in Nailsea – but residents say it should be kept for community use. 

The 1.3-hectare site off Trendlewood Way, known locally as Shepstone Fields, was left to Brunelcare and St Peter’s Hospice by Mary Shepstone. 

The woodland will be preserved when they build 24 homes, seven of which will be affordable. 

Outline plans approved by North Somerset Council said: “The site provides an opportunity to deliver 24 new homes at Nailsea, enabling the sustainable growth of the settlement. 

“The residential area will be integrated within its residential context, and sit within a framework of green corridors and retained woodland. 

“These will all contribute to the local character and be managed to perform ecological, landscape and drainage functions.

“A range of dwellings types and tenures, including affordable homes, will be delivered on the site to increase the choice and variety of housing and encourage an inclusive community. 

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“These will draw from the surrounding area to deliver a development which responds to its context.” 

Objectors accused the charities of ignoring Miss Shepstone’s wishes and said the site would be better used by the church, a community centre or even a new cemetery. 

One person said: “The Trendlewood area of Nailsea has no community facility, no shops, little affordable housing and has high car dependency. 

“As one of the last undeveloped pieces of land in this area and one bequeathed with a community purpose, planners must consider the lasting impact of permitting a solely housing development here; losing the opportunity to redress this imbalance in the Trendlewood area forever.”

Neighbours also raised concerns about the impact of flooding and loss of privacy, with others saying the town’s infrastructure was struggling to cope with recent developments. 

One objector wrote: “This development will cause further pressure on the inadequate infrastructure serving Nailsea. The development does nothing to improve employment opportunities in Nailsea, provides no community facilities and most prospective residents will likely commute elsewhere to work.” 

Nailsea Town Council supported the plans but had questions over ownership and who would manage the site, and said the developer should provide a pedestrian crossing on Trendlewood Way. 

North Somerset Council has allocated the site for 30 homes but not a community use. Approving the application, planning officers said the 24 properties would make a “valued contribution” to addressing housing needs, privacy issues would be dealt with at the design stage and the flood risk plan was satisfactory.