Plans for ‘bespoke’ village houses opposed by development team
PUBLISHED: 13:00 11 February 2018
A ‘bespoke’ new housing development for people aged over 55 has been revealed for a Somerset village – but concerns have already been raised.
Developer Blue Cedar Homes wants to build 11 homes next to Holdenhurst.
The site was earmarked for development in November 2017, and the developer will provide £130,000 for community infrastructure improvements in the village as well as a financial contribution towards affordable housing.
Planning director for Blue Cedar Homes, Andrew Rowe, believes the housing scheme is in keeping with the surrounding area.
He said: “Every Blue Cedar Homes development is designed to the highest standard and quality.
“We have prepared a bespoke scheme for Wedmore which both reflects and respects its setting.
“We are proud of the result and look forward to consulting with the community.
“Our proposal is likely to be of particular interest to anyone considering a move to an age-appropriate property or helping a relative to plan for later life.”
A number of the homes will initially be reserved for local residents.
Blue Cedar Homes is currently carrying out public consultation on its proposals and is asking villagers to give their opinions on its housing scheme.
However the plans are not likely to be supported by the village’s neighbourhood plan committee, unless they are changed.
The committee has in particular criticised the developer’s proposal to create access off of the busy Cheddar Road.
A spokesman said: “It (Blue Cedar Homes) is proposing to create a new access off Cheddar Road – not our proposal to use the car park access – and will not provide on-site affordable housing.
“In view of this, the neighbourhood plan is likely to withdraw its support for the development of the joint Holdenhurst and Wells Almhouses Trust land.”
Following a rigorous site assessment period, the neighbourhood plan committee has outlined 25 potential locations for housing development up to 2032.
These include areas with capacity for up to 200 homes at a 10.47-hectare site north of Danes Lea and west of Lascot Hill, and land east of Wedmore Primary School which has space for 120 homes.