Villagers voice new homes woe

PUBLISHED: 09:00 11 October 2015

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Dozens of villagers attended a public meeting in Kenn to discuss a potential 200-home development in the area.

St Modwen owns a large area of land to the west of Kenn Road near the motorway, with the developer hoping to build 200 homes on the site.

Although the proposal is still only at the pre-application stage, parish councillors are concerned about the impact it will have on the village as well as nearby Clevedon.

Villagers met to discuss ways the section 106 money could be spent if the plan progresses and a number of ideas were put forward including a playground, a new village hall and a cycle path to Yatton to increase safety for those wishing to commute from its station.

Other residents hoped the development could see faster broadband speeds in the village while many expressed concerns over the increased risk of flooding.

However Cllr Sheila Naish, parish council chairman, warned that any section 106 money will have to be spent on an issue that is a direct result of the development and cannot be used to solve an existing problem.

She said: “If an application comes in we will oppose it.

“It you are going to build 200 houses with young people they are going to want a playground. We have to think of the area in general. The traffic impact will also come into play if another application comes in.”

Councillor Graham Hill, who attended the meeting on behalf of Clevedon Town Council, warned the development would also have a major effect on Clevedon and that the town would also like to receive some section 106 money.

He said: “This development would have just as big an impact, if not more, on Clevedon. We are going to have problems with schools, transport and medical facilities so we will also be queuing up for section 106 money.”

Kenn Parish Council will also discuss the proposal at 7.30pm on Monday at the village hall in Kenn Street.


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