Parish council says 'no more' to developments

PUBLISHED: 10:00 04 July 2015

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Parish councillors have described the villages of Yatton and Claverham as 'overwhelmed' with prospective housing applications, after developers outlined plans for a new 30-home estate.

Representatives from property agents David James and Partners delivered a presentation outlining the potential development, earmarked for the top end of High Street in Claverham, to Yatton Parish Council’s monthly planning committee.

The aim was to determine whether Claverham residents would support a housing application, although the firm said there are no immediate plans to submit a proposal to North Somerset Council.

Despite admitting the idea was relatively small in size, councillors said the idea had come at the wrong time.

Parish councillor Robert Jenner said: “We already have 849 prospective new homes in the parish – and that is without this development.

“We are totally overwhelmed with the whole thing and our initial response is ‘no more’.”

Cllr Rhiannon Prys-Owen added: “We are inundated with developments at the moment.

“You could present a really good estate but we have to consider all the developments together – not just yours.”

Chartered surveyor Richard Nancekivell, who spoke on David James’ behalf, said the aim of the exercise was to determine ‘what Claverham residents wanted’ in terms of development.

He said: “We want to know what place there is for land on the edge of the village.

“This is a starting point and is up for discussion – we have not made deals with any developers.

“The landowners have taken three generations to get to this point, so they are not in any rush to act.”

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