Concerns over housing development

PUBLISHED: 09:00 27 April 2015

Artist's impression of a 150-home development at Pudding Pie Lane, Langford.

Artist's impression of a 150-home development at Pudding Pie Lane, Langford.

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HUNDREDS of new homes could be built in a North Somerset village after a consultation event was held on Friday.

An outline application for around 150 homes is being drawn up for land currently owned by the University of Bristol at Pudding Pie Lane, in Langford.

Stock Lane, which is located to the east of the site and provides a through route from the A370 to the A38, would be its main access point.

The development, which is not located in greenbelt land and is outside of the flood zone, would also include a community hall and provision for open spaces.

Villagers from Churchill and Langford Parish were invited to a public consultation at Churchill Primary School on Friday and Saturday, where they were able to view plans for the site and speak to representatives from planning agent Alder King.

Kathryn and Terry Hodder, who live in Pudding Pie Close, attended the event and said: “We think an extra 150 homes would make the traffic problems in the area worse than ever.

“In Stock Lane there are already big heavy lorries going from the A370 through to the A38. The school is already full and so is the doctor’s surgery, which covers a huge area.

“We’ve got enough going on here without it. It’s going to be a nightmare.”

Another resident, Ronald Takle, said: “The access to and from the site is too tight and our roads are not big enough to take it.

“You’re already jammed going out of Langford and going through Congresbury. If you add another 200 cars in, you have got major problems.

“However, if they turned around and changed the layout of the roads, I couldn’t see why anyone would object to it. It’s a good design, just not in that location.”

A spokesman for Alder King said: “This is the first public consultation we have held in relation to this site and this gives members of the public an opportunity to comment on the plans.

“We will review the comments from this event and feed them back to the design team, who will take any suggestions into account and see whether there are any changes we can make to the scheme.”

Further details of the scheme are available via the University of Bristol’s website, or by contacting the consultation co-ordinator ABC on 01179 772002.

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