Yatton to face a ‘huge hit’ when housing numbers are decided?
PUBLISHED: 08:00 04 August 2015
A North Somerset councillor has said the district’s housing situation is in ‘limbo’ until a Government decision is made on the number of homes which must be built.
Councillor Jill Iles also warned Yatton was likely to take a ‘huge hit’ when the required housing numbers are confirmed, and urged planners to consider the ‘cumulative impact’ of housing developments in the village.
Cllr Iles made the points at a packed public meeting at Hangstones Pavilion, in Stowey Road, which had been arranged by Yatton Parish Council to discuss the prospect of hundreds of new homes being built in the area.
The Government decision referred to by Cllr Iles concerns North Somerset’s core strategy – the authority’s planning policy document which determines the number of houses which need to be built.
The council wanted 14,000 homes to be built between 2006 and 2026, but this number was ruled insufficient by planning inspector Roland Punshon and increased to 20,895.
The case was referred to the Secretary of State by North Somerset and Weston MPs Liam Fox and John Penrose earlier this year – and the outcome has still not been announced.
Fears are growing that a decision will not be made until after the parliamentary summer break.
Cllr Iles said: “We are probably looking at about 21,000 new homes in North Somerset, which we could cope with.
“But we have to meet a five-year supply – and we are in limbo until Mr Clark makes his decision.
“In Yatton we are probably looking at about 700 houses as we are a service village. We know Yatton and Claverham will face a huge hit.
“Some people do not want any housing at all to be built, as 150 homes have already been approved – but I really can’t see the officers coming back and saying no.
“I want any housing developments in Yatton to be considered cumulatively.
“We are in different times now and I am pushing for developments to be looked at all together, rather than individually.”
Other speakers at the meeting included Yatton housing action group, No Moor Development.
Its spokesman Judith Cockram said: “This is an organisation which started as an informal discussion around my kitchen table – nothing much has changed.
“A year ago I had never spoken at a public meeting, I had never written to my MP and I had never objected to a planning application.
“We have learnt a lot in the last year – but ultimately we are still the amateurs.
“We need the professionals to help us and give us the right advice, and make changes for the villages of North Somerset.”
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