Former factory faces being pulled 
down to make way for 100 homes

PUBLISHED: 13:14 25 January 2018 | UPDATED: 13:14 25 January 2018

Claverham Future is delighted with the resounding vote in favour of the neighbourhood plan.

Claverham Future is delighted with the resounding vote in favour of the neighbourhood plan.

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A former factory site faces demolition and being replaced by about 100 homes.

Newland Homes has over the past week written to Claverham homeowners to tell them it plans to tear down the UTC Aerospace Systems plant and build houses and bungalows in its place.

The firm bought the site earlier this month for an undisclosed sum and will showcase more detailed plans in February.

The announcement coincides with villagers voting in favour of adopting a neighbourhood plan, which says the site, off Bishops Road, is suitable for housing.

The letter penned by the Pegsaus Group, which is acting as agents on Newland’s behalf, says: “The site known as Claverham Works has been planned for closure for several years and has now been vacated.

“We have recently held a pre-application meeting with North Somerset Council to discuss the proposal for around 100 houses and bungalows.”

The village hall sits on the same old factory site, but Newland promises public access to the community building will be retained.

It also outlines its hope to ‘retain landscape buffers’ and to be ‘sensitive’ to nearby listed buildings.

More detailed plans will be presented to the public on February 7 when Newland and Pegasus hold a meeting about its scheme at the village hall.

Staff will be on hand to answer any questions from 4-8pm and people can drop-in as and when they wish.

People are being encouraged to give comments about the proposal on the day, or online at www.newlandhomes.co.uk/claverham. The website will go live after February 7’s meeting.

Pegasus says a planning application is likely to be submitted to the council in the spring.

Claverham villagers on January 18 voted overwhelmingly in favour of adopting a neighbourhood plan.

The document seeks to provide protection from unwanted countryside development which might harm Claverham’s character.

The referendum saw 97 per cent of the 361 voters back the plan.

Nigel Cooper, chairman of Claverham Future which prepared the plan, said: “This means the village should now be safeguarded (from unwanted development) until 2026.”

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