Hundreds of new homes to be built in Nailsea and Backwell

PUBLISHED: 13:03 12 October 2016 | UPDATED: 13:03 12 October 2016

Land off Engine Lane where new homes could be built as part of the Joint Spatial Plan.

Land off Engine Lane where new homes could be built as part of the Joint Spatial Plan.


Hundreds of new homes will have to be built in Nailsea and Backwell over the next 20 years, as part of the Joint Spatial Plan (JSP).

An extra 2,800 houses have been allocated for the west of Nailsea and a further 800 for south Backwell – which will increase the size of the village by more than 50 cent.

The 4,500 new homes proposed for The Vale, near Long Ashton and Barrow Gurney, have not been included in the plan and Yatton, Clevedon, Portishead, Easton-in-Gordano and Pill have also been ruled out for large housing developments.

The figures have been released in the draft proposal for the JSP, which covers housing requirements across Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol city and North Somerset and South Gloucestershire councils between 2016 and 2036.

The four authorites are working together to find sites for up to 105,000 new homes which need to be built across the region between now and 2036.

The councils have already planned for 66,800 of the homes in their core strategies, but sites need to be found for the further 39,000 – 11,000 of which will be in North Somerset.

The authorities have stressed the necessary infrastructure will be built alongside the homes including health services, schools, road and public transport improvements.

Plans for Nailsea include improvements to Nailsea and Backwell Railway Station, a road link from the west of Nailsea to M5 junction 20, Metrobus services and improvements to the A38 to relieve pressure on the A370.

North Somerset Council leader Nigel Ashton said: “We’re responding to the needs of our growing population; increasing demands for homes and jobs, and seeking to address the issue of affordability for people on lower salaries wanting to buy or rent their own home.

“Our intention is to have a joined-up approach to providing the homes that people need and the supporting infrastructure, whilst retaining the individuality of each community.

“This is an opportunity to ensure that the housing is matched by the necessary support and facilities. This could mean new roads, public transport, schools, and health facilities to meet local needs.”

The council’s executive is expected to approve the draft proposal at a meeting on Tuesday, ready to begin public consultation on November 7.

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