Developer reveals plans for 60 homes... which is identical to one refused last year

PUBLISHED: 15:54 22 August 2017

Yatton's No Moor Development action group.

Yatton's No Moor Development action group.

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A developer has submitted plans to build 60 homes in Yatton – despite an identical scheme having already been refused.

Taylor Wimpey applied in 2015 for permission to build a housing estate off Stowey Road, but last August North Somerset Council rejected the scheme saying it would ‘harm’ the village.

The firm appealed, and an independent hearing is due to be held in October. However, that has not stopped it from resubmitting an application.

As it is an identical resubmission – and has been made within 12 months of the rejection – Taylor Wimpey does not need to pay to get the council to review its decision, despite the firm having made no attempt to alleviate any concerns raised by the council or villagers.

No Moor Development campaigner Steve Bridger said: “This duplicate application is nothing short of a ploy to intimidate the council into changing its mind before an appeal hearing in the autumn.

“Earlier this year, (project developer) Gareth Hawke admitted to me the developer is ‘not massively choosy’ about the locations in which it builds houses and dropped a clear hint that it would take a more aggressive approach.

“Taylor Wimpey even has the gall to declare it does not need to pay the usual planning fee.

“Speculative developers will not grind us down to accept housing the community neither needs nor wants at Stowey Park.

“The council needs to hold its nerve and defend its original decision 12 months ago to refuse planning permission.”

The company says it has resubmitted its application in light of a recent review into the council’s plan for new homes until 2026.

An independent inspector raised concerns the council’s sites allocation plan fails to adequately show enough land to ensure Government targets are met.

A Taylor Wimpey spokesman said: “We still feel our proposals are suitable and appropriate for the local area.

“This duplicate application gives North Somerset Council an opportunity to determine how the scheme can provide some much-needed housing to address the significant shortfall in a sustainable location within the district, without the time and expenditure it will face by going through an appeal later this year.”


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