Harmful housing estate plan rejected following inquiry

PUBLISHED: 11:54 12 January 2018

Stowey Road in Yatton. Picture: Google Maps.

Stowey Road in Yatton. Picture: Google Maps.

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Part of North Somerset’s rural character would have been harmed if dozens of homes were built on the edge of Yatton, according to a planning inspector.

Taylor Wimpey’s hopes of being granted permission to build 60 homes in Stowey Road have been knocked back to the delight of campaigners.

Fears of adversely affecting local wildlife and ruining the landscape saw inspector Mike Robins reject the plans after an appeal.

Steve Bridger, of No Moor Development, said Mr Robins had made the right decision.

He said: “We’re delighted the inspector has dismissed Taylor Wimpey’s speculative proposals.

“We’ve consistently reminded North Somerset Council and developers there has to be a genuine conversation with communities about the scale, quality and location of housing and what infrastructure should underpin that development.

“There are proposals for housing in principle we support and other sites which are totally inappropriate that the community will continue to oppose.”

Taylor Wimpey put in a planning application for Stowey Road in August 2015 but its proposal won little favour.

After the council voted against it, Taylor Wimpey lodged an appeal and claimed its housing would make a positive contribution to Yatton. It said new homes would increase money spent in the village and create jobs within the construction trade.

An appeal was heard in October and November where Taylor Wimpey and the council presented their cases.

But this month Mr Robins ruled the development should not be permitted.

Mr Robins’ said: “I am not convinced (the applicant) properly recognises the role the site plays in the setting of Yatton and the transition from moorland to village, nor the contribution it makes to the public perception of setting from the road, the recreation ground and from the wider views.

“I accept in some cases these views are limited, such as from the wider footpath network, but note their importance particularly the close range views and those from Cadbury Hill.”

Taylor Wimpey has an identical 60-home Stowey Road plan which North Somerset Council has yet to vote on.

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