Village swamped by ‘tsunami of speculative planning applications’

PUBLISHED: 09:00 31 July 2017

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Churchill and Langford Parish Council has criticised plans to build dozens of houses in the village amid fears the development could cause ‘vast and irreversible’ damage.

Edward Ware Homes (EWH) is seeking outline planning permission to build up to 41 homes off the A38 Bristol Road near the crossroads with the A368 Bath Road.

But the plans have been criticised by Churchill and Langford Parish Council, which says the village is facing a wave of developments capable of causing social and economic issues, plus ‘rapid and irreversible urbanisation’.

Planning permission has already been granted by North Somerset Council for 176 homes across two developments in Pudding Pie Lane, while EWH has secured consent to build 43 homes in Says Lane.

A parish council statement said: “Our village is facing a tsunami of speculative planning applications on greenfield sites outside the settlement boundary.

“There is the prospect of well over 250 new houses in a village of 880 homes.

“This represents a 50 per cent increase in population with no social, environmental and economic benefit whatsoever.

“Irrespective of pressure on the council to meet short-term housing targets, the adverse impacts of this proposed development significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits and the application should be rejected.”

In June, Simon Jenkins, director of land acquisition at EWH, said the proposed development is a ‘fantastic opportunity’ to build homes in an ‘ideal’ and ‘well-connected’ location.

But the parish council listed further concerns, including road safety, flooding and schooling.

The statement added: “Additional primary school numbers of 130-160 will be generated by this proposed development when taken together with the three substantial and recently approved developments in the village at Pudding Pie Lane and Says Lane.

“Churchill Primary School is the only school within two miles of this proposed development.

“It cannot be expanded on its current site to accommodate such an increase in pupil numbers and we understand that there are no plans or funds for new schools in the area.

“Therefore the proposed application is unsustainable on grounds that there will be no adequate schooling provision at primary level.”

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