Developer outlines housing plan and pledges cash to improve Churchill

PUBLISHED: 09:00 20 June 2017

Churchill And Langford Residents' Action Group. Photo by John Whitewood.

Churchill And Langford Residents' Action Group. Photo by John Whitewood.


Plans to build nearly 150 homes in a North Somerset village have taken a step forward after the developer revealed more details about the scheme.

Crest Nicholson will build 141 homes in Pudding Pie Lane, Churchill after North Somerset Council granted outline planning permission last year, and the developer has now revealed how it plans to progress the development.

The firm hopes to submit a reserved matters application to the council by the end of July, which will confirm the finer details of the plans which were not in place when outline planning permission was granted.

The outline planning application was submitted by the University of Bristol, which has a campus in Langford in nearby Stock Lane, but Crest Nicholson has now taken the reins to proceed with the development.

The developer will build 99 private homes, and 42 considered affordable housing, and has pledged hundreds of thousands of pounds to improve village facilities and infrastructure.

The houses will range from one-bedroom apartments to five-bedroom family homes, and Crest Nicholson hopes it can begin handing over keys to owners by July 2018.

The plans were heavily criticised by Churchill and Langford Residents’ Action Group (CALRAG), which raised concerns over traffic, flooding and the impact of a population increase on infrastructure like the village primary school – which is already oversubscribed.

Another outline application for 35 homes in Pudding Pie Lane was also approved by the council in 2016, despite similar objections from CALRAG.

But Crest Nicholson believes the development will have a positive impact in the village.

A spokesman said: “A package of community benefits has already been agreed with the council, including approximately £700,000 investment in sport and leisure facilities, such as sports pitches, as well as sustainable travel measures.

“Crest Nicholson will also carry out various highway improvements to both Stock Lane and Pudding Pie Lane.

“The scheme design is still evolving following discussions with the council and engagement with local stakeholder.

“These are early days in the detailed planning process and we look forward to engaging with the council, the parish council and others on the detailed aspects of the development.”

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