'Mad' scheme for new homes refused

PUBLISHED: 07:29 29 June 2019

The proposed site off Moor Road is a gateway which should be protected, according to campaigners in Yatton. Picture: Steve Bridger

The proposed site off Moor Road is a gateway which should be protected, according to campaigners in Yatton. Picture: Steve Bridger

Steve Bridger

A Yatton councillor is delighted plans for 66 homes to be built in the village have been rejected.

Persimmon Homes' scheme to build on former junior rugby pitches off Moor Road was almost unanimously opposed at Weston Town Hall on June 19.

The chief concern was the developer's wish to build an access road and a play area in the historic orchard, which villager Judith Cockram said would 'destroy' important hedgerows and trees.

Cllr Wendy Griggs, who represents Yatton for the local authority, said surrounding roads were unsuitable for a large influx in cars.

She said Moor Road and Kenn Moor Road often are subjected to travel 'chaos'.

Several other members of the planning committee echoed those concerns.

Cllr David Shopland said Moor Road had been problematic for vehicles since the days he travelled to Yatton's market on the back of a horse and cart.

And Cllr Steve Hogg added: "It would be madness to allow this to (scheme) to go ahead.

"(The travel report) is like a chapter of an Enid Blyton novel.

"I feared for my own safety and life as cars sped past (when attending a site visit)."

Moor Road is a popular place for rail passengers to park to avoid charges at the train station, and planning officers said work could be done to alleviate that issue and to prevent a bottleneck.

Josh Ashwin, addressing the committee on Persimmon's behalf, said the housing plan would not have a 'significant impact', although campaigners lamented the proposed loss of ancient hedges and trees.

Ultimately though, councillors almost universally rejected the plan.

A 'delighted' Cllr Griggs said work would go on before that meeting to nail down the decision in relation to the council's planning strategy.

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