Plan to fight homes ‘siege’
PUBLISHED: 19:00 13 August 2015
MORE than 50 people turned up to a meeting to voice their concerns at the prospect of speculative housing applications ‘besieging’ their village.
Residents of Claverham attended a meeting of Claverham Future, the village’s neighbourhood development plan steering group, to outline their views on key factors such as housing, schools, businesses and transport.
Gladman Homes has already applied to North Somerset Council for permission to build 85 homes off Chestnut Drive, while another developer’s bid to build 30 homes off High Street is opposed by Yatton Parish Council.
Claverham Future chairman Nigel Cooper said: “We want our neighbourhood plan to speak for the community.
“We are not prepared to continue being besieged by speculators. We are finding out what those who live, work and play in Claverham want for their future and will record it in a neighbourhood plan, so developers will know what we find acceptable and what we wish to promote for our village.
“We know our community better than any developer and a neighbourhood plan gives us the opportunity to say what we need and where.”
The group hopes that by preparing a neighbourhood plan, it will be able to withstand pressure from housing developers and will be able to influence where and how development takes place in the village.
Although a neighbourhood plan cannot overrule Government or strategic local plan policies, it does carry some legal weight.
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