Knock-back for affordable homes plans

A SCHEME to build 14 affordable homes in Pill has been given a knock back by North Somerset councillors.

Knightstone Housing Association wants to create the buildings on land in Station Road.

The plans feature eight age-restricted flats for people aged over 50 within a three-storey building, two three-bed houses to be for affordable rent and two two-bed and two three-bed houses for shared ownership.

However, the proposals prompted some fierce opposition from many people living nearby who were concerned about the amount of extra traffic which would be generated in their already-busy road.

Concerns were also raised about the density of the planned buildings and a lack of parking on the site.

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As a result, a petition against the proposals was signed by 48 people and 30 separate letters of objection were sent to North Somerset Council.

At a meeting of the authority’s north area planning committee on Thursday, members voted to refuse the proposals.

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As this goes against the recommendation of council planning officers who said the plans should be approved, the application will now be decided by the planning and regulatory committee which has more powers.

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