Opposition to Kewstoke homes plan on land reserved for school

PUBLISHED: 16:00 23 May 2018

The two fields the homes are proposed for. Picture: Google

The two fields the homes are proposed for. Picture: Google

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Dozens of objections have been submitted against a housing application in Kewstoke, planned for the same land as a proposed new school.

Sutherland Property & Legal Services has submitted an application on behalf of an unnamed developer to build 20 homes in Crookes Lane.

The land was allocated for a new primary school in 2007 and the agent says this demonstrates North Somerset Council does not object to development on the land.

However, Kewstoke Parish Council has objected to the proposals, partly on the grounds a new school is needed in the village.

It said: “The site was reserved for a new school, and the present school is not expandable.

“Numbers are now regularly near to a maximum. The site was reserved as it abuts other community facilities already used by the school.”

Sutherland Property says because North Somerset does not have a five-year housing supply, it is the right land at the right time to deliver ‘much-needed’ homes in the district.

Its report says: “The local planning authority is failing to deliver the required number of houses for its residents and as such is failing to deliver homes for people who need them now.”

The parish council says the homes are proposed in the wrong location, as they would be built outside the village limits.

It said: “The parish council policy (as this is an infill village) is protective of its village fence and has strenuously tried to restrict development outside the boundary.”

It also said the site is on a flood plain and regularly floods.

Villagers have also raised concerns about increased traffic on a busy road.

The agent’s report submitted with the application says: “The scheme will deliver a quantum of much-needed market and affordable housing at a site with good connectivity to the main settlement of Kewstoke and the neighbouring employment hub of Weston.”

Its report acknowledges there are known flooding and draining problems in the village, but says its flood plan will mitigate them.

Around 60 comments have been made on the application, many from neighbours who are worried the development would increase the chance of flooding in their properties.

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