Demolition proposals for Blagdon Water Gardens criticised by parish councils

PUBLISHED: 11:00 01 June 2017

Blagdon Water Gardens.

Blagdon Water Gardens.

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Plans to demolish a garden centre and replace it with a 30-home housing estate have been criticised by two North Somerset parish councils.

Land and Buildings Ltd hopes to build on land occupied by Blagdon Water Gardens, which sells exotic fish and reptiles.

The developer is seeking outline planning permission to demolish buildings on the site, and build up to 30 homes in their place.

But Churchill and Langford Parish Council and Burrington Parish Council have raised several concerns in documents submitted to North Somerset Council.

The parish councils believe the plans are contrary to planning guidelines, and carry road safety risks.

The site, off Bath Road between Upper Langford and Burrington, is near a bottleneck in the road.

Langford Brook runs through the site, and fears the development could increase the risk of flooding in the area have also been raised.

Churchill and Langford Parish Council said it ‘does not support this application’.

A statement added: “While a brownfield site, it is entirely disconnected from other settlements, contributes to an existing flood risk, and is a substantial residential development alongside the Mendip Hills area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB).

“It has road safety access issues and contravenes both local planning policies and sustainability criteria. Therefore, the application should not be approved.”

A Burrington Parish Council statement said: “The proposals are contrary to local plan policies, as they are outside a defined settlement and there is no overriding need to depart from local plan policies.

“There are concerns about impacts of the proposals on highway safety; and the site is not accessible to local services and facilities.

“The site is almost entirely dependent on car access. Local facilities are not available within walking distance or within safe cycling access; virtually no public transport services are available; and travel plan proposals will be ineffective.”

The applicant’s application to North Somerset said the proposed development would ‘deliver new housing into an area where there is an identified under supply and housing choice is limited’.

A Land and Buildings Ltd statement added: “The site is not in a flood plain, green belt or AONB and the site is classified as previously developed land.”


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