Almost 100 homes could be built on farmland

PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 July 2018

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A farming family in Yatton have been inundated with offers from developers wanting to build homes on their land.

Rectory Farm’s future is uncertain with its owners asking villagers’ opinions before considering whether to sell up or submit a planning application for new homes.

The farm’s Olly Matthews said 90 two, three or four-bedroom homes could be built in Chescombe Road.

He said: “The family have been inundated with enquiries from developers who believe the property is a sustainable location and may be suitable for housing.

“Before making any decisions whether to submit a planning application, or bring a nominated housing developer on board, we felt it important to firstly consult the community on their views.”

The lack of greenbelt around Yatton has made it an attractive proposition. About 250 homes are being built by Bloor Homes off Arnolds Way, while Hallam Land Management has permission for a further 170 in North End, among other developments.

The scale of house-building has led North Somerset Council to fund a primary school for Yatton’s North End, which it hopes to open in 2021.

Mr Matthews understands why villagers are concerned about over-development.

He said: “We understand North Somerset is a long way short of meeting its housing targets. As such sustainable housing sites should be encouraged to come forward to meet the shortfall.

“The family has not made any decisions on whether to submit an application yet but if it did we will need to demonstrate why this development is required.

“The location of this development is unique as it is at the southern end of the village close to the GP surgery, shops and amenities and railway station, whereas the majority of the current developments are on the northern fringes of the village.

“We totally understand there will be concerns relating to any form of development proposed. This is true of all new development sites.

“In the event the family proceeds to submit an application in due course a suite of technical information, studies and assessments will be submitted providing details of impact of the development and provide details of any associated mitigation.”

The family is ‘encouraged’ by the level of feedback so far.

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