Area in ‘limbo’ over homes
PUBLISHED: 09:00 23 July 2015
A NORTH Somerset district councillor has said the ‘cumulative impact’ of housing developments in Yatton must be considered when deciding new applications – and has warned the village is likely to take a ‘huge hit’ when required housing numbers for the area are confirmed.
Jill Iles, who represents Yatton, made the points at a packed public meeting in the village on Monday, which had been arranged by Yatton Parish Council to discuss the prospect of 849 new homes being built in the area.
Cllr Iles said North Somerset’s housing situation was in ‘limbo’ until Secretary of State Greg Clark made a decision about the district’s core strategy – the authority’s planning policy document which determines the number of houses which need to be built.
The council had said it wanted 14,000 new homes to be built between 2006 and 2026, but this number was ruled insufficient by planning inspector Roland Punshon and was raised to 20,895.
The case was referred to the Secretary of State by Weston and North Somerset MPs John Penrose and Liam Fox – and the outcome has still not been announced.
Cllr Iles said: “We are probably looking at about 21,000 new homes in North Somerset, which we could cope with. But we have to meet a five-year supply – and we are in limbo until Mr Clark makes his decision.
“In Yatton we are probably looking at about 700 houses as we are a service village. We know Yatton and Claverham will face a huge hit.
“Some people do not want any housing at all to be built, as 150 homes have already been approved – but I really can’t see the officers coming back and saying no.
“I want any housing developments in Yatton to be considered cumulatively. We are in different times now and I am pushing for developments to be looked at all together, rather than individually.”
Other speakers at the meeting included Yatton housing action group No Moor Development.
Its spokesman Judith Cockram said: “This is an organisation which started as an informal discussion around my kitchen table.
“We have learned a lot in the last year – but we are still the amateurs. We need the professionals to help us and give us the right advice, and make changes for the villages of North Somerset.”