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Developer scales down homes plan

PUBLISHED: 10:00 25 June 2016

Liam Fox with the disgruntled residents.

Liam Fox with the disgruntled residents.

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A developer’s plan to build 83 houses in Wrington has been reduced after consultation with people living in the village.

After months of pre-planning and discussions with villagers, Redcliffe Homes has submitted a formal application to North Somerset Council for 59 homes between Cox’s Green and Havyatt Road.

The scheme has been met with opposition by villagers, who have formed the Wrington Village Alliance in response to the proposal. They say the homes would put the area at further risk of flooding and is inappropriate for the size of the village.

Redcliffe counters by saying it plans to work alongside villagers to bring the project forward and has reduced the development’s size in light of comments made by people living nearby.

A spokesman for Redcliffe said: “On April 5 we sent letters to more than 320 local residents, advising of the scheme proposals and including preliminary sketch plans of the scheme. At the time we were proposing 83 houses and invited comments back to us directly or to our planning consultants, GL Hearn.

“Of these letters we only received nine letters back. Three responses expressed support for the scheme and would be interested in purchasing properties on the site.

“One response raised concerns with the impact on facilities within the village as a result of the proposed development. Two responses raised concerns with the impact on traffic and highways as a result of the proposed development.

“Three responses considered that the scheme was too large and expressed concern over the impact on facilities. However, of these three responses, two accepted the need for housing with one suggesting that the scheme should include a greater mix of housing types, including larger housing.

“Following on from these letters we reduced the scheme in scale to the 59 dwellings you see in the application. We propose to engage and deal with any queries from the local interest groups throughout the process.”

A spokesman for the Wrington Village Alliance said the plans contradict the council’s own planning policy and make ‘outrageous’ claims about the area.

The spokesman said: “We feel that this is a speculative and aggressive application by Redcliffe Homes.

“The proposal makes outrageous claims – for example, that Wrington is one of the most sustainable villages in North Somerset, a statement that is simply untrue.

“The developer’s planning statement is a direct challenge to the council’s planning policy and we would question the developer’s mandate for this, as they are not elected and do not represent us.”

Visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/planning to view and comment on the application.

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