Controversial housing application recommended for approval
PUBLISHED: 15:49 08 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:49 08 August 2018
An unpopular planning application to build 85 homes in Sandford has been recommended for approval.
Aurora wants to build the houses off Greenhill Lane, close to the Strongvox development where 118 homes are currently being built.
Villagers say the two developments will increase the population of Sandford by 90 per cent with no new facilities to support them.
Twenty eight people objected to the application, citing reasons including over-development, lack of infrastructure and fears it will harm the rural area.
Commenting on the application, Winscombe and Sandford Parish Council states: “Sandford village is not able to support further development of this scale, especially as 118 homes have already been granted planning approval at appeal on the adjacent site.
“By definition, due to the lack of facilities and services, infill villages are not able to sustain growth at this rate and it is apparent Sandford is the only infill village in North Somerset to be targeted with this level of extreme development.
“Since the Strongvox planning application in 2015, no new facilities have been added, or are likely to be added in the foreseeable future, and therefore this application is considered to be totally unsustainable.”
The application is subject to an appeal against non-determination and it will be heard at a public inquiry.
North Somerset Council is required to indicate the case it will present and its planning and regulatory committee meeting is meeting to discuss the issue today (Wednesday),
A report to the committee states: “Adverse impacts will arise from additional traffic and transport pressures as well as fundamental change in the character of the village resulting from rapid unplanned growth, which will change the character of Sandford as a place to live.
“The proposal is not small scale and is not community led nor could it be said to provide environmental benefits.”
The planning officer said no other ‘significant’ impacts have been demonstrated which would outweigh the benefits of new housing. He concluded the application would have been recommended for approval subject to conditions and a S106 agreement towards the provision of a footbridge and land for a playing field.