Decision looms on 175-home plans

PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 October 2015

Woodborough farm planning.

Woodborough farm planning.

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THE deadline for people of a North Somerset village to lodge comments about a proposed 175-home development has been extended, as the plans continue to split opinion.

Comments on the planned housing estate at Woodborough Farm in Winscombe can now be made until October 29, before North Somerset Council makes a decision.

Winscombe and Sandford Parish Council is backing the proposals, which would see affordable homes brought into the area. But villagers have reiterated concerns about traffic and road safety.

One comment, from Lucie Styring said: “This development will have a hugely negative impact on the already congested and dangerous roads running through the village.”

“The village is currently a lovely place to live and this scheme will urbanise a rural North Somerset village. What a shame for the village, which was recently voted the second best place (in the UK) to bring up children.”

Another villager, Phillipa Ormond, expressed concern about the village’s new, bloated, population.

She commented: “I understand that the developer will make a contribution to transport, education, library and affordable housing but this does not address the difficulties that residents (will) experience in arranging a doctor’s appointment or securing a local school place.”

Developer Tuckerwood Developments says 30 per cent of the homes will be affordable, in line with council requirements. The firm says low cost homes will bring a more diverse populace to Winscombe.

A spokesman said: “The intention is that affordable units will be pepper-potted throughout the site to rmaximise the potential for a socially and culturally mixed new neighbourhood.”

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