Houses plan rejected as village land is needed for new school

PUBLISHED: 17:00 18 June 2018

Kewstoke Primary School could run out of space in the future.

Kewstoke Primary School could run out of space in the future.

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A village field will remain safeguarded for a new primary school after a housing developer had its planning application rejected.

The two fields the homes were proposed for. Picture: GoogleThe two fields the homes were proposed for. Picture: Google

Sutherland Property & Legal Services applied to North Somerset Council on behalf of an unnamed developer for 20 homes to be built in Kewstoke’s Crookes Lane.

The application received a number of objections, many on the grounds the land was earmarked for a new primary school in 2007.

MORE: Plans for 20 homes in Crookes Lane in Kewstoke.

The council has demonstrated its commitment to keeping the fields available for a new school to be built on the land by dismissing the proposals.

In a report to the developer, planning officer David Tate said: “The school site was considered by the local plan inspector, and remains an up-to-date school allocation.

“It is reasoned the current Kewstoke school site is clearly constrained and undersized and may well in the future need to be replaced.

“The application site is a safeguarded allocation for a primary school site in the event the existing site needs to be relocated as a result of increased school place demand in Kewstoke in the future.”

The council also decided the land is not the appropriate location for the proposed size of development.

Sutherland Property argued because North Somerset does not have a five-year housing supply, it was the right land at the right time to deliver ‘much-needed’ homes in the district.

But Mr Tate reaffirmed the authority’s commitment to focus development on Weston and Weston Villages, along with ‘service villages’ such as Churchill, Banwell and Yatton.

He said: “Elsewhere, development will be more strictly controlled within the settlement boundaries of infill villages such as Kewstoke.”

He said the development would create demand for services in the village and employment on a scale which could not be met.

His report also says the development would ‘fail to make a positive contribution to the quality of the local environment’ and is within a flood zone with a high probability of flooding.

He said: “There are less vulnerable sites (to flooding) within North Somerset which should be developed before this site is considered.”

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