Plans for future development

PUBLISHED: 17:09 06 May 2015 | UPDATED: 17:09 06 May 2015

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TWO North Somerset villages have been given permission to draw up a neighbourhood plan to help shape their long-term futures.

Work will now begin in earnest in Yatton and Claverham to create a document which has the scope to analyse everything from the local economy and jobs, to transport and village facilities.

However the dominant factor in both plans is likely to be housing, with several large developments proposed in that part of North Somerset.

In Yatton about 500 new homes are already proposed around Arnolds Way, Moor Lane and North End.

Opponents fear as many as 900 could be asked for by developers keen to cash in on uncertainty over North Somerset Council’s house-building targets after a legal challenge to its core strategy.

Claverham, a much smaller village than Yatton, has attracted Gladman developments Limited to apply to build about 85 homes off Chestnut Drive.

More than 100 objections had been submitted online to North Somerset Council’s planning website.

In Claverham a volunteer group has been set up to develop the neighbourhood plan.

Its spokesman, Teresa Moore said the plan would look at housing options for the village, the need for open spaces and how to preserve the most important village amenities.

She said: “We know some houses will be built here in the future.

“But we hope by preparing a neighbourhood development plan we will able to influence where they are built, how many are built and what they will look like.”

Her views echo those of many villagers who earlier this year lobbied Yatton Parish Council to recommend North Somerset Council refuses the application.

One villager said it was not a case of nimbyism, rather that new homes in Claverham would exacerbate current problems such as traffic, road safety and a lack of school places.

Several other North Somerset communities have started working on neighbourhood plans, including Backwell and Wrington.

Anyone interested in helping formulate a village plan for Claverham can call Ms Moore on 01934 838282.

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