New homes site issues heard

PUBLISHED: 13:30 19 June 2015

Site of proposed Woodborough Farm housing development

Site of proposed Woodborough Farm housing development

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Traffic management, flooding and affordable housing issues surrounding the proposed Woodborough Farm development in Winscombe have been explored and debated this week.

Representatives of GVA, acting as Tuckerwood Developments’ agent, spoke about measures that would be implemented into any future planning application after a public consultation was held on May 20.

Attendees were told the Woodborough Road and Church Road junction would be extended, while both roads would be narrowed to form traffic-calming ‘pinch-points’.

In response to concerns raised about flooding, developers say the plan now includes a 2,000sqm pond to hold any running surface water.

Boundaries between the 175 proposed properties and nearby houses would range from 15-25m and any new homes would be limited to two storeys, with space for two vehicles.

The developer also says it would mitigate the impact on education, transport, and affordable housing, with 53 out of the 175 properties designated as affordable homes.

Winscombe and Sandford Parish Council’s planning committee chairman Archie Forbes said: “It is really important that the affordable homes are given to local people.

“We have struggled with this issue for years in the parish and there are a lot of people who want to remain here that aren’t able to.”

Councillor John Westlake added: “We need to make sure that at least some of the money made by the development gets reinvested in Winscombe, not sent elsewhere.”

A planning application is expected to be made this summer, with a decision to be made by North Somerset Council by early 2016.

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