Developers plan 155 homes for village

PUBLISHED: 18:00 02 January 2015

New homes could appear in Banwell.

New homes could appear in Banwell.

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A WOULD-BE developer is sizing up a slice of land in Banwell for up to 155 new homes.

Gladman Developments Limited has requested a formal opinion from North Somerset Council on whether an environmental impact assessment would be needed for the development to go ahead.

Although this is not a planning application, this is the first step in the process and indicates whether the council thinks the land is appropriate for development.

However, two objections have already been logged via the council’s website.

Knightcott resident Judy Wyman wrote: “Surely North Somerset Council understands this is an inappropriate proposal as they [council officers] already turned down at least two recent planning applications for housing outside the village fence.

“I have other concerns that such a development will affect the village.”

The proposed development would be south of Knightcott Road and north of High Street on 8.9 hectares of open space and grassland.

Cheshire-based Gladman is also considering building 130 homes on a former nursery in Locking.

This is one of a number of large housing applications submitted recently. The council is handling proposals for 100 homes in Claverham, 320 in Yatton and 185 in Winscombe, while interest has been shown in building 79 houses in Bleadon.

The council is facing Government pressure to build more than 20,000 new homes in North Somerset over the next decade.

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