Plans to build 200 homes near M5
PUBLISHED: 14:00 16 July 2015
A new 200-home development is being planned for the outskirts of Clevedon.
St Modwen, owns a large section of land to the west of Kenn Road opposite Clevedon Business Park and is working one the pre-application stage of a proposal to build houses on the site.
Although the scheme is very much in its infancy, it has added to concerns from people living in areas around Yatton that housing will create major problems.
Jill Iles, vice-chairman of North Somerset Council’s planning and regulatory committee, said: “At the moment it is just a pre-application and the site officer hasn’t yet given it much thought.
“The officer’s initial reaction is that the development would have quite a big impact on the countryside and as the land is right next to the motorway, he also feels that it would have a significant noise impact.
“Although nothing is definite yet, I feel people need to be made aware of the proposals.”
Cllr Iles also said the National Planning Policy Framework states that long-term development of employment sites should be avoided if the new development would not be used for that purpose.
Steve Bridger, a spokesman for the No Moor Development campaign group, expressed his concerns that the development would have on traffic congestion in the area, particularly if Bloor Homes’ plans to build 350 new homes in the North End area of Yatton go ahead, not to mention others proposed for the village.
He said: “We are worried about the cumulative impact these developments will have on traffic, particularly in Yatton High Street.
“You would assume traffic would go to Clevedon on the motorway but to get to Weston a lot of people go through the High Street.”