REVEALED: Sites which could deliver more than 2,000 homes

PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 October 2018

Yatton Rugby Club.

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Sites capable of accommodating more than 2,000 new homes have been brought forward, with North Somerset already subject to plans for thousands more.

Landowners have suggested dozens of sites for redevelopment, as North Somerset Council grapples with Government demands to address its housing shortage.

Yatton – where permission for more than 500 homes at North End has already been secured – could in theory receive 681 more, while sites which could accommodate 552 houses have been proposed for Congresbury.

Rectory Farm in Yatton has been proposed as a site for 226 homes, while a parcel of land adjoining the Strawberry Line could accommodate 162 houses. The village’s rugby club pitches could also be harvested for 80 properties, if a replacement ground can be provided.

Land south of Congresbury’s Wrington Lane could deliver 174 homes, and 150 more could be built at Park Farm.

The smaller villages of Claverham and Wrington are also being eyed up by developers, and could be subject to projects totalling 395 and 264 homes respectively.

All the sites are listed in a strategic housing land availability assessment (SHLAA) in the council’s Issues and Options document, which details the challenges facing North Somerset in building the 25,000 homes demanded in the Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) – which has earmarked Nailsea for 2,500 houses and Backwell for 700.

It is part of the process the council is following to create its local plan, which will tie in with the West of England JSP as a blueprint for housing and infrastructure until 2036.

While creating the document, the council gave landowners the chance to offer up land for housing. It has reviewed the ideas, discounting unfeasible ones and rating others as likely or less likely to go ahead.

The council feels the suggestions can deliver up to 2,111 homes in the Times’ patch. An 190-acre site east of Clevedon for 1,500 homes is being assessed as a contingency for the JSP.

Elfan Ap Rees, executive member for strategic planning, said the sites are not necessarily endorsed and may not be developed.

He added: “We are required by Government to carry out this exercise as part of our local plan consultation, which includes identifying potential housing sites which could be considered in the future.”

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