‘Logical’ homes for village?

PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 June 2015


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.

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