'Something will be done' to tackle 'detrimental' plans for 550 homes in Portishead

PUBLISHED: 09:40 01 November 2019 | UPDATED: 09:40 01 November 2019

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More than 150 people met to raise their concerns over plans for 550 homes in 'over-stretched' Portishead.

A large crowd attended Portishead Folk Hall on October 23 to 'challenge' Salmon Settled Estate's 'detrimental' proposals for hundreds of homes at Tower Farm.

The developer, which is yet to submit a planning application to North Somerset Council, has aspirations to build a community hub and between 450-550 houses at the greenbelt site.

The blueprints, which emerged through a 'call for sites' exercise where the council encouraged developers to bring forward land for housing, sparked concern among Portishead residents on social media - prompting people to call a meeting to discuss ways of combating the plans.

Alex Overton, one of the organisers of the meeting, said: "There was a fantastic turnout of more than 150 concerned residents at the Folk Hall, all united in their desire to find out more about the possible development of 550 houses on the Portishead Down fields.

"The meeting gathered members of the council, together with environmental experts, and residents from all over Portishead in the first step towards challenging more detrimental over-development in Portishead.

"The aim was to collate information, dispel myths and reassure residents that, as a community, something will be done.

"The next step is to form a select steering group to complete all tasks raised last night and turn questions into answers with solutions."

Ahead of the event, chairman of the meeting Emma Holloway told the Times the development of Tower Farm would have a negative impact on the town.

She said: "That area around High Down Primary School at drop off and pick up times is already gridlocked.

"There are real safety issues around the junctions and any development is going to add traffic.

"Portishead is already over-stretched in terms of parking, travel, public transport, schools and medical centres. We need to stand up for ourselves.

"We understand there's a lot of pressure to provide more housing but you cannot just keep cramming housing in if children haven't got schools and people can't get medical appointments."

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