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Building homes would be ‘hell’ for villagers

PUBLISHED: 11:59 04 September 2015


A revised plan to build new homes in Claverham does not solve problems over road safety or a lack of jobs, school places or GP services according to villagers.

About 40 people turned up to Yatton Parish Council’s planning meeting on August 24.

Gladman Developments Ltd wanted to build 83 homes off Chestnut Drive. However, following hundreds of objections from the community, it has approached North Somerset Council for planning permission to build 70.

Villagers said it would have a detrimental impact on a rare bat colony which uses the fields, as well as lead to a mix of agricultural traffic, cars, pedestrians and construction vehicles using the small access way along Streamcross.

Ann Gawthorpe, of Claverham Says No campaign group, said: “None of the amendments have addressed any of the issues raised (by more than 600 objectors).

“We object to building on agricultural land, outside the village boundary in a village without many local amenities.”

The parish council voted unanimously to recommend North Somerset refuses the plan.

Cllr Richard Westwood said: “It will make life hell for everyone else in the village (while being built). That’s a perfectly justifiable reason to turn it down.”

North Somerset councillor Jill Iles told the meeting the Hallam Land Management application to change the Arnolds Way roundabout in Yatton, and build 170 homes nearby, may be discussed and voted on at North Somerset’s planning meeting in October.

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