1,150 new homes between Weston and Banwell
PUBLISHED: 09:00 19 April 2015
A HOUSING estate featuring more than 1,150 homes will be built on the border of Weston and Banwell.
North Somerset Council has given permission for the new residential development, which will sit between Morrisons roundabout and the airport roundabout, south of Wolvershill Road.
The developer, Mead Realisations Ltd, has been given outline planning permission for the project, which includes a 60-bed care home, a 60-bed close care unit, a small shop and a 120-bed hotel.
The development is also set to include 20,000sqm of office space, a veterinary practice, a doctor and dentist surgery and a community building.
Plans also include a multi-use games area with tennis courts and football pitches, play areas, allotments and a community orchard.
The main access to the site will be West Wick roundabout and Wolvershill Road.
The application was first submitted in 2012, and Weston Town Council commented, saying: “The town council is concerned that this proposal represents over-development of the site in terms of residential development and recommend priority is given to employment development and infrastructure requirements ahead of residential development in the phasing of site constructions.”
The new buildings will form part of the new Locking Parklands development. A new primary school has already been built in West Wick to serve the new communities.
Mead Realisations has pledged to keep as much of the greenery and natural landscape as possible to try to mitigate the impact of the build on wildlife, such as the bordering Grumblepill Rhyne.
According to the design and access statement, the developer said: “There will be a network of direct, attractive and safe pedestrian and cycle routes linking open spaces, facilities and other destinations to key areas within the existing town.
“Office, industrial and other economic and commercial land uses will provide employment opportunities that are easily accessible to surrounding neighbourhoods and set in commercially attractive locations.”
Developers say the population will increase by 3,700.