'Beautiful' heritage house to halt development plan?
PUBLISHED: 16:00 07 November 2015
CAMPAIGNERS fighting against a developer's plan to build dozens of houses in a North Somerset village are hoping a landmark court ruling will give their plight a significant boost.
House builder Gladman Developments Ltd has applied to North Somerset Council for outline planning permission to build 70 homes off Chestnut Drive, in Claverham.
The company had originally wanted to build 85 homes, but scaled this figure down after receiving hundreds of complaints from villagers.
The site chosen is adjacent to Claverham House – a grade II listed building which dates back to the 16th century – and the Claverham Says No action group is hoping the building’s heritage will mean the council is forced to refuse planning permission.
The group believes a legal ruling known as the Barnwell judgement has set a precedent for building in areas close to listed buildings.
Its chairman, Nigel Cooper, said the judgement came into effect last year when energy company Barnwell Manor Wind Energy Ltd lost an appeal against a decision which meant it could not build wind turbines close to heritage buildings in Northamptonshire.
Mr Cooper said: “The Barnwell judgement makes it simple for the council to refuse the application on the grounds that the development will affect the listed building and its setting. If the judgement is not applied it will be serious for all concerned.
“Views of this beautiful building have been enjoyed by villagers over the centuries.
“An offer by Gladman to screen the development with a few trees will not make up for the loss of one of this village’s finest aspects.”