Public backlash sees U-turn over village housing plan

PUBLISHED: 15:57 25 February 2018

The factory site bought by Newland Homes looks set to be converted into housing.

The factory site bought by Newland Homes looks set to be converted into housing.

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A dramatic U-turn on plans to build homes over a community field were revealed on Monday.

Newland Homes has pleased Claverham villagers by promising it will not build homes on the May Day Field following a public backlash when it presented the idea at a public exhibition earlier this month.

However, it still wants to build 18 homes to the north of the former UTC Aerospace Systems factory – contrary to a neighbourhood plan which was voted for by villagers last month and approved by North Somerset Council on Tuesday.

Andy Warren, who sits on Yatton Parish Council, said Newland’s scheme smacked of ‘arrogance’ by not reflecting public opinion.

Newland wants to build 70-75 homes where the factory stands, which most villagers are happy with.

UTC Aerospace in Claverham which has now been sold. UTC Aerospace in Claverham which has now been sold.

Its associate design director Tom Sheppard said the company would relook at plans to build on the northern field, if North Somerset can prove it is planning for enough homes over the next three to five years.

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