No homes on the horizon for Weston estate

PUBLISHED: 11:00 05 June 2016

Disgruntled residents Anne Allen, Helen Bishop, Nick Kendell, Stephanie Sayer and Austin Sayer with what remains of the long standing tree.

Disgruntled residents Anne Allen, Helen Bishop, Nick Kendell, Stephanie Sayer and Austin Sayer with what remains of the long standing tree.

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Residents of a Weston-super-Mare street are up in arms against social housing provider Alliance Homes over the loss of a tree.

In April, neighbours in Dunster Crescent in the Oldmixon estate were shocked to find Alliance Homes had cut down a 53-year-old tree in the estate.

They got in touch with the Mercury to say they were concerned Alliance Homes is looking to build houses there instead, even though the area is prone to flooding.

But Alliance Homes said although ‘a number of options’ are being considered for the site, ‘there are no current plans for development’.

A spokesman for the company said the tree was cut down is because it had suffered from fire damage and was unsafe.

But the spat has resurfaced after Alliance Homes sent surveyors to assess the land this week, in a move which neighbours believe is a precursor to a planning application.

But Alliance Homes said: “Surveyors have been to the land as part our ongoing business practice to make sure we have an up-to-date evaluation of the land we own.

“A visit to Dunster Crescent was one visit in a range of visits that are ongoing across the areas where we have homes and land.

“As yet no decision has been made about the small plot of land in question; if a decision was made to build there we would consult with local residents beforehand.”

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