Campaigners happy with ‘brilliant’ housing U-turn for factory

PUBLISHED: 10:51 08 April 2018

UTC Aerospace in Claverham which was up for sale.

UTC Aerospace in Claverham which was up for sale.

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A housing developer’s U-turn on building over pleasant green fields has been welcomed by campaigners.

The factory site bought by Newland Homes looks set to be converted into housing.The factory site bought by Newland Homes looks set to be converted into housing.

Newland Homes announced last week, as reported by the Mercury, that it would change its redevelopment plans for a former factory in Claverham.

The UTC Aerospace Systems site includes fields to north and south, which Newland wanted to build on as well.

But it has decided instead to concentrate on building about 70 homes solely on the vacated factory’s blueprint – to the delight of villagers.

The electorate in January backed Claverham Future’s neighbourhood plan which made clear the village wanted the northern field and the May Day Field to be retained as green land.

Its chairman, Nigel Cooper, told the Mercury Newland’s decision was ‘brilliant news’ and he called for a mix of starter homes and family houses to be built.

Newland’s move comes after North Somerset Council was able to demonstrate it had enough room for homes over the next three years.

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