175 homes hit deadline
PUBLISHED: 10:00 29 October 2015
THE deadline for lodging comments on a 175-home North Somerset village planning proposal will close today.
Residents of Winscombe have voiced concerns about drainage and increased traffic that could be caused by the building of the new homes on the Woodborough Farm site in the village.
The plans will now either go to ‘detailed’ permission stage, or be considered by a planning committee.
While North Somerset Council has promised 30 per cent of the new homes will be ‘affordable housing’ to fit their long-term core strategy, local people have said the plans mean the village’s population will become bloated – causing traffic and unwanted competition for places at schools and GP’s surgeries.
Winscombe ward councillor Ann Harley said: “There has been lots of consultation and the public have been listened to. Woodborough Farm was always going to be a site for development.
“My own feeling is that we have had lots of consultation – we tried to address concerns of local people, which are coming up Church Road, drainage – and I think the agents and developers have listened to what the public have said.
“ I am the first to admit that some people are not happy but we will have to see what will be the best for the village.”
Developers Tuckerwood Limited, represented by agents Bilfinger GVA, have undertaken rigorous evaluation of the site.
But people living in The Lynch, which boasts scenic views of the Mendip Hills, have argued their road could become a rat run for commuters, with extra traffic in the village and their views spoiled.
Ms Harley added: “The design is very good, but having said that unfortunately it is very difficult to take into account everyone’s views.”
Winscombe and Sandford parish councillors have given the council their full support and will now wait to see if the planning application goes into the ‘detailed stage’ or be put to a planning and regulatory committee for amendment.
Parish councillor Kevin Joyce said: “My gut feeling is that it is going to go ahead because it (the site) has been agreed before.”