Councillors object to 93 more homes in Sandford

PUBLISHED: 10:00 09 June 2017

Sandford Neighbourhood Action Group.

Sandford Neighbourhood Action Group.

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Councillors in Sandford have objected to a proposal to build 93 homes next to a site where 118 houses are already being built.

Winscombe and Sandford Parish Council’s planning committee held a special meeting on May 24 to discuss the controversial proposal.

Aurora Land and Design wants to build almost 100 homes to the north of Greenhill Road.

The properties include a mix of two, three, four and five bedroom houses, and some three-storey apartments.

Villagers raised concerns about the accumulative affect the different developments will have on Sandford’s population as well as an increase in commuters, pressure on services and the need for better facilities to cope with the influx of people.

Cllr Mike Williamson said: “It’s a huge increase for a small village of Sandford’s size – almost another 100 homes on top of the ones already going in. It’s too many.”

Cllr Cresten Boase added: “It’s totally unacceptable to the village. It’s just not sustainable.

“I’m absolutely appalled there’s no play area for the children. This community is already suffering a great lack of facilities.

“It’s going to be catastrophic if there’s nowhere people can join together.”

The committee agreed to reject the proposal due to the fact Sandford is an infill village and the development is outside the settlement boundary.

The committee also agreed to back Sandford Neighbourhood Action Group’s application for land and financial provision for a new community hall and other facilities should the development be approved by North Somerset Council.

Addressing the committee, Victoria Eddins from the neighbourhood group said: “We are asking the parish council to support an application for a 106 contribution from the developer in the event the new houses are approved, despite our strong objections.

“The application will address all the needs that will arise including a new, larger community centre and outdoor play equipment, provision for a multi-use games area and a safe walking route for children going to Sandford School.

“The community is facing changes. If we want to remain resilient we need good community facilities.”

The group has already set up a committee to plan the development and seek extra funding.


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