‘Logical’ homes for village?

PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 June 2015

Archant

DEVELOPERS behind a 118-home proposal in a North Somerset village insist their plan is ‘appropriate,’ despite opposition from hundreds of residents.

An outline planning application for land off Greenhill Road, in Sandford, has been heavily criticised since being submitted to North Somerset Council for approval earlier this year.

Since being submitted, the plan from Strongvox Homes has received more than 130 online objections from people living in Winscombe and Sandford.

However, a sustainability appraisal submitted by Strongvox last week described the village as a ‘logical’ location for a development of this size.

The appraisal said: “Sandford is a highly sustainable location, with a considerable amount of employment opportunities that service the surrounding villages.

“The site is closely linked to the residential area of Sandford and is within easy walking distance of Sandford Primary School, shops and other facilities, with highly accessible links to the secondary school at Churchill.

“Sandford provides a logical location for residential development, where the scale of up to 118 new dwellings is appropriate.”

The chairman of the residents’ action group Sandford Opposes Large Development (SOLD), Peter Blunt, described the appraisal as ‘unreal’.

Mr Blunt said: “I cannot understand it. Nearly everyone (in the village) has made comments about the sustainability of the application, and they (Strongvox) have clearly ignored them.

“There is no industry and no work here – Strongvox’s comments are just not true.

“Anyone who comes to live here will have to travel away for work, and will have to go into Weston to shop. You will have to get into your car to do anything.

“It is just unreal.”

It is hoped the North Somerset Council planning committee will make a decision concerning the application at its July meeting.

More from Weston Mercury

26 minutes ago

Weston-super-Mare’s first balloon launch, which was due to take place on Saturday, has been postponed due to poor weather conditions.

Read more

Future bids for fracking to take place across North Somerset should be decided by the authority and not the Government, according to councillors.

Read more

A woman has been injured after colliding with a car in Weston this morning (Thursday).

Read more

An accident involving two cars in Worle has resulted in slow moving traffic this morning (Thursday).

Read more

The prospect of Weston’s Tropicana being transformed into an ‘entertainment hub’ courtesy of a £1million investment have moved forward this week.

Read more

A Priory Community School (PCSA) teacher has been cooking up tasty treats on a national cooking television programme.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:56

Hard-working sailing volunteers from Clevedon and Yatton will have a royal appointment this week to recognise decades of service.

Read more
Clevedon Yatton
Yesterday, 17:58

One of the world’s best mountain climbers inspired hundreds of students with his heroic feats and stories.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00

Volunteers hoping to make a busy road which connects Weston to Bristol safer for motorists and pedestrians have called on villagers to get involved.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:38

More than 90 competitors wowed audiences with ballroom, Latin and classic dance performances in Weston-super-Mare.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 12°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists