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‘Dangerous’ to add more village homes

PUBLISHED: 13:01 21 February 2015

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INCREASING the risk of flooding and crashes on ‘dangerous’ roads means plans to build homes in Claverham must be refused.

That is the view of villagers campaigning against Gladman Developments Limited’s scheme for 85 houses off Chestnut Drive.

They received a boost on Monday night when Yatton Parish Council unanimously recommended North Somerset Council rejects the scheme.

Jean Watson, addressing the parish council’s planning meeting, said: “It would be outside the settlement boundary, encroaching into countryside and it would be harmful to the landscape and views. It’s all very negative.”

Villagers have been sending in objections to North Somerset Council since Gladman applied for planning permission a couple of weeks ago.

Thousands of new homes must be built in North Somerset by 2026 and there is a shortage of affordable houses in the area – issues that Gladman says its plan will help alleviate.

But campaigners say the fields off Chestnut Drive that Gladman plans to build on are often flooded and believe the development will hugely affect drainage.

Cllr Watson added: “It’s not our problem more affordable houses are needed. It is North Somerset Council’s problem.

“This shouldn’t be allowed as it is outside the settlement boundary.

“We can’t say point blank we don’t want houses, but if we say we don’t want houses there, that is more acceptable.

“Gladman has to respect local knowledge and how dangerous Claverham Road is (and this will get worse with extra cars from the development).”

The road approaching Court de Wyck Primary School is considered so dangerous it owns a minibus to transport youngsters.

Parish councillor Rhiannon Prys-Owen fears Claverham could become a dormitory town to Bristol because of a lack of jobs, infrastructure and services to support a larger population.

The final decision will be taken by North Somerset Council’s planning and regulatory committee, most likely in the spring.

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