Council says no to housing idea

PUBLISHED: 13:00 23 June 2015 | UPDATED: 15:10 24 June 2015

Housing plans were debated.

Housing plans were debated.

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A PROPOSAL for a 30-home development in a North Somerset village was criticised by parish councillors on Monday, who said their area was already ‘inundated’ with prospective housing applications.

Representatives from property agents David James and Partners delivered a presentation outlining the potential development, earmarked for the top end of High Street in Claverham, to Yatton and Claverham Parish Council on Monday.

The aim was to determine whether Claverham residents would support a housing application, though the firm said there are no immediate plans to submit a proposal to North Somerset Council.

Despite admitting the application was relatively ‘small’ in size, councillors said the idea had come at the wrong time.

Councillor Robert Jenner said: “We already have 849 prospective new homes in the parish – and that is without this development.

“We are totally overwhelmed with the whole thing and our initial response is ‘no more’.”

Councillor Rhiannon Prys-Owen added: “We are inundated with developments at the moment.

“You could present a really good estate but we have to consider all the developments together – not just yours.”

Chartered surveyor Richard Nancekivell, who spoke on David James’ behalf, said the aim of the exercise was to determine ‘what Claverham residents wanted’ in terms of development.

He said: “We want to know what place there is for land on the edge of the village.

“This is a starting point and is up for discussion – we have not made deals with any developers.

“The landowners have taken three generations to get to this point, so they are not in any rush to act.”

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