Council slams ‘negative’ plan

PUBLISHED: 13:30 22 June 2016

Yatton Rugby Club uses the land Persimmon wants to build on for junior training.

Yatton Rugby Club uses the land Persimmon wants to build on for junior training.

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A developer’s plan to build 83 homes in a North Somerset village has been branded ‘unsustainable’ and ‘unnecessary’ by a parish council, which has urged North Somerset Council to reject the proposals.

Persimmon Homes wants to build the houses off Moor Road, in Yatton’s North End, on land used by Yatton Rugby Club’s junior teams as their training pitches.

The proposals have proven unpopular with the parish council, which has decided against recommending the application for approval and says the development could result in the loss of a ‘thriving’ sports club. If the application is granted planning permission by North Somerset, the rugby club will have to find a new home for its pitches.

Campaigners against the development believe the rugby club is set to relocate entirely and this may happen as part of a separate, new development in North End, which would add to the 520 new homes in that part of the village which have already been granted planning permission in the past 12 months.

A letter from the parish council, which was sent to North Somerset on June 7, said: “The parish council have very serious concerns regarding this proposed development as, of all the recent deluge of speculative planning applications, this has the greatest and broadest of negative impacts.

“Firstly it is, as far as we are aware, 
the last in a series of development proposals to target Yatton and therefore, in light of more than 500 dwellings already approved by North Somerset Council, an unsustainable and unnecessary over-development outside the settlement boundary.

“The more specific reasons for objection to this particular site are principally on issues of the damaging effect to the adjacent listed building, its setting and ecology, the detrimental impact on the landscape and entrance to the village, the highways and access, drainage and the loss of amenities (regarding the) rugby club training pitches.

“The parish council is very concerned the rugby club (is) facing the loss of their training pitches as a result of this application.

“If they cannot be accommodated on an alternative site in the village it could mean the loss of a thriving sports club that provides a much-valued sport and recreation facility, which would especially impact on young people.”

Visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/planning to view and comment on the proposals.

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