U-turn for homes at former factory site will be ‘good development for village’

PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 January 2019

The former Titan Ladders site will be turned into a 37-home estate. Picture: David Kenneford

The former Titan Ladders site will be turned into a 37-home estate. Picture: David Kenneford

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Councillors have changed their minds on a housing application which they rejected just one month ago.

North Somerset Council’s planning and regulatory committee approved Yatton Developments Ltd’s plans to turn the village’s old Titan Ladders base in Mendip Road into a 37-home estate on January 9, after rejecting the proposal in December.

Committee members had expressed concerns over paying a private company to maintain the site and manage highways and drainage maintenance and refuge collections.

But as members went against officers’ recommendations the plans were heard again, and the applicant made a number of changes including reducing the height of the homes to avoid overlooking.

Assurances were also given about the design, depth and strength of the drains to ensure durability, a prominent factor in why the application was previously turned down.

The revised plans sparked debate among members.

Yatton ward councillor Jill Illes said: “This is over-development on the site because I still have doubts over drainage and vehicle access.

“I am very concerned about vehicles going into and out of the site, there are too many houses crammed in.”

But Cllr Chris Blades added: “I feel sorry for the applicant because I do not understand why we are doing what we are doing.

“If we told them to go away and make changes to the drainage then why are we debating this?

“This design on a brownfield site is one of the best I have seen for a long time and a good development for Yatton.”

The agent confirmed all homeowners will now become shareholders in a management company which will be responsible for waste collections and general upkeep of the estate.

All the homes, except the nine flats, will be sold as freehold, meaning the 28 homeowners could pay up to £45 per month to cover such maintenance.

The site falls in previously developed land and the idea of housing on the land is supported within Yatton’s draft neighbourhood plan.

Cllr Tom Leimdorfer said: “We do not normally have management companies for cul-de-sacs.

“There will be very little green space for children to play in.”

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