Developer unveils plans for three new villages in North Somerset

PUBLISHED: 13:00 21 March 2018

An artist's impression of The Vale.

An artist's impression of The Vale.

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Three villages with 4,500 new homes, schools and a healthcare centre could be built near Barrow Gurney and the developer has revealed what it would look like.

Taylor Wimpey wants to build the homes on greenbelt land between Long Ashton and Barrow Gurney close to the South Bristol Link road.

The developer believes it is the ‘most sustainable’ of all the sites being considered in the Joint Spatial Plan.

The Vale has not been included in the plan as it is on greenbelt land, despite having some support from councillors and communities.

North Somerset Council’s executive though fears it would lead to Bristol encroaching on the district.

Project director Gareth Hawke said: “The Vale would go a long way to help address the housing crisis in North Somerset, where the price of an average home is nine times more than the average income.

“Just 12 minutes’ Metrobus ride, or cycle ride, into Bristol city centre – where most people need to go for work, education and important services – it is clearly the most sustainable place to build new homes.”

The development would include 1,800 affordable homes, a secondary school, three primary schools, a college, a health centre, a business start-up hub, cycle paths and a park.

Taylor Wimpey held an exhibition 18 months ago to showcase its plans and ask for community feedback. It is holding a final event tomorrow (Thursday) before submitting a planning application to North Somerset Council.

Mr Hawke added: “We can now show North Somerset residents what our final plans for three new villages will look like.

“Everyone is welcome to come and find out about the plans before we submit our application. I cannot overstate how this is the most sustainable place to build new homes, including 1,800 greatly needed affordable homes.”

The exhibition is taking place in Woodspring Golf Club, in Yanley Lane, Long Ashton from 2.30-8pm.

People can comment on the plans at www.thevale-northsomerset.co.uk from Friday.

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