MAPPED: See where 120 new homes could be built in Weston near four other big developments
PUBLISHED: 11:56 19 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:58 19 September 2017
A small paddock which has become too small to be farmed could be developed to provide 120 new homes in Weston.
Planning consultancy firm Grass Roots Planning has informed North Somerset Council that it will carry out an environmental impact assessment to find out whether land near Locking Parklands can be used for housing.
It hopes a 5.5-hectare field just west of the M5 and east of Trenchard Road and Parks Avenue, in Locking Parklands, can be developed.
Once complete, the Locking Parklands development which is being built by St Modwen will have 1,450 homes.
Land owned by Mead Realisations adjacent to Locking Parklands and south of Wolvershill Road between Banwell and Weston has also been approved for a 1,150-home development.
This new site also lies closely to a piece of council-owned land which has had the go-ahead for 711 new houses and Haywood Village, a development of 900 new homes which is already underway.
But Grass Roots Planning now hopes to build more houses in this area, and has told the council it is looking at how any development might impact the surrounding environment before it submits a planning application.
It says the field was previously used for agricultural purposes but has been reduced in size and is now too small to farm and is now used as a paddock for horses.
In a letter to the authority laying out the terms of its environmental impact assessment the consultancy highlights increased traffic as a concern.
It says: “The proposal has the potential to impact on local roads, including the A370, routes to junction 21 of the M5 and Banwell, which are all susceptible to congestion.”
It also says the site boundary is designated as a ‘wildlife area’ filled with diverse flora, but adds it is not in a conservation zone, high-risk flood zone, or an area of outstanding natural beauty.
For North Somerset Council to meet housing needs in the district, it must have built 20,985 homes between 2006 and 2026 but it is set to fall short by a little more than 2,500 houses.
Grass Roots Planning’s letter says: “The proposed development seeks to make a contribution to the housing need in the North Somerset area, and in particular in Weston.”