Three-year delay to Nailsea housing development

PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 September 2019

A street scene from the Engine Lane proposal.

A street scene from the Engine Lane proposal.

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Work on scores of new homes in Nailsea will not start until the end of 2021 due to delays with National Grid.

Computer generated images of the proposed Engine Lane development.Computer generated images of the proposed Engine Lane development.

Barratt Homes was due to start building 183 homes on Engine Lane in September last year, to provide housing for the town.

However, work cannot start until National Grid has installed underground cables around the site to link up to Hinkley Point C Power Station.

More: Council 'let down' after delays to housing development.

The nuclear power plant was due to be up and running by 2017, but the project has been hit by delays due to rising costs.

National Grid has now given Nailsea Town Council a new date for the cable installation around site.

A spokesman for the authority said: "The building of new homes on the land at Engine Lane is dependent on the installation, by National Grid (NG), of new 132kv underground cables around the edge of the land.

"NG's appointment of a contractor to undertake these works was dependent on the decision to proceed with the Hinkley Point C power station, which itself was delayed.

"NG appointed its contractor earlier this year and preliminary works have commenced around the town.

"NG has confirmed work on laying the cables between Nailsea and Portishead will commence in January 2020."

Barratt Homes' plan to build 183 houses in Engine Lane was approved by North Somerset Council in 2017.

More: Council agrees to go ahead with plans for Engine Lane homes.

The developer is buying the land from Nailsea Town Council which is keen to stop the population further declining.

Nailsea Town Council added: "National Grid advised the works should be complete by July 2021.

"This will include the testing of the installation and the reinstatement of the land.

"Barratt Homes' plan is to commence with its preliminary works on the site from August 2021 with house building following on later in the year.

"Subject to the progress with sales of the houses the completion of the whole development is expected to be by the end of 2023."

National Grid has awarded contracts of £300million to three companies who will carry out the work for the Hinkley Point C Connection power line.

Balfour Beatty, J Murphy and Sons and Seimens will construct the 400,000-volt overhead line between Avonmouth and Hinkley Power Station near Bridgwater.

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