Banwell planning appeal dismissed by inspector

PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 October 2016

Plans to build 155 houses in Banwell have been scrapped.

Plans to build 155 houses in Banwell have been scrapped.

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Plans which could have seen 155 homes built in Banwell have been torn up this week after an inquiry.

Gladman Developments hoped to build the homes on land south of Knightcott Road, but inspector Neil Pope dismissed the appeal after North Somerset Council convinced him the development was unsustainable.

He wrote in his report: “Having regard to all other matters raised, the proposal cannot be described as sustainable development and there are no material considerations which would warrant a decision other than in accordance with the development plan.

“I therefore conclude that the appeal should not succeed.”

Banwell Parish Council celebrated the verdict. A spokesman said: “The council is delighted that the inspector has dismissed the appeal and that the decision has been issued so quickly. It is an early Christmas present for the village.

“The council will continue to engage with North Somerset Council and the West of England to ensure future developments which may be planned for the parish or adjoining areas will not negatively impact the character of Banwell or worsen its traffic problems.”

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