Concerns over housing which could increase population by 50 per cent

PUBLISHED: 14:05 15 December 2017

How The Vale development could look and the land in Nailsea's west end.

How The Vale development could look and the land in Nailsea's west end.

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A new housing development which would increase Nailsea’s population by 50 per cent has sparked outrage.

Councillors are holding a public meeting tonight (Friday) to discuss plans they say will have a detrimental impact on the town.

The Joint Spatial Plan (JSP), which sets out development in the West of England over the next 20 years, has proposed 2,575 new homes for Nailsea in a new settlement.

The development would include four primary schools and a secondary school, shops and community facilities.

A further 725 homes could also be added to the site after 2036.

The plans would drastically change the town and concerned councillors want to ensure the community is aware of the proposals.

Cllr James Tonkin, who represents Nailsea’s west end ward for North Somerset Council, is holding the meeting to inform the public and encourage them to comment on the plans before the deadline.

He said: “We want to enable the residents of Nailsea to voice their opinions and submit representations to North Somerset Council.

“The residents of west end don’t want 3,000 houses there, especially with no infrastructure.

“Infrastructure has got to come first.

“We’ve got a perfectly good site at Ashton Vale. If they built a development or small town in Ashton Vale they wouldn’t have the transport problems and they wouldn’t need to build a new road, or have the carbon footprint that goes with it – with people travelling from Nailsea to work in Bristol.

“They envisage four primary schools and a secondary school being built in this development, together with 3,000 houses, roads, shops, car parks and community facilities. Where on earth are they going to go?”

The development at Ashton Vale has been proposed by Taylor Wimpey for land between Barrow Gurney and Long Ashton.

The developer wants to build three villages with 4,500 homes, schools and a college, but because it is on greenbelt land it was not included in the JSP.

The public meeting to discuss the JSP is being held at Scotch Horn Leisure Centre, in Brockway, tonight at 7.45pm.

People have until January 10 to comment on the proposal.

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