Housing plans for Cheddar estate

PUBLISHED: 14:01 15 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:34 25 May 2010

PROPOSALS to create an area of affordable housing in Cheddar have been submitted to planners.

PROPOSALS to create an area of affordable housing in Cheddar have been submitted to planners.

Sedgemoor Housing Association Ltd and Progression Homes Ltd have applied to build 23 houses north of Sharpham Road and Nyland View.

Sedgemoor District Council's affordable housing officers and members of Cheddar Parish Council first put the plans on show in the village in April 2009.

After 'tweaking' the original plans, a final submission was put together for planning chiefs to decide on.

A needs survey was carried out in the Somerset village and it found there was demand for a mix of units.

The 23 houses will be a mix of sizes suitable for families of one to five people.

The design and access statement for the site said the properties are all designed to face onto a new estate road to be constructed on the site.

This is designed as a winding road with speed control bends both to give safe pedestrian access and to provide for interesting views throughout the estate.

It added: "The site has an existing tall bank of trees and these will be retained and enhanced with further planting."

Pedestrian safety was highlighted as an important factor in allowing the development of the site. Access into Cheddar on foot is poor because of the lack of footpaths on the B3151 bridge over the old railway line.

Alternative proposals, including a new footbridge over the former train line, were discussed but these were not supported by highways officers at Somerset County Council.

Now the proposals have been changed to include improvements to the existing road bridge which will provide pedestrian access into central Cheddar and leisure facilities on the opposite side of the road.

Planning documents can be viewed online at www.sedgemoor.gov.uk and comments can be made until February 5.

A final decision of the proposals is expected next month.

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