Fewer houses planned for village after feedback

PUBLISHED: 09:00 18 July 2014

The Bloor Homes plans for the site at Howell Lane.

The Bloor Homes plans for the site at Howell Lane.

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THE number of new houses proposed in a major housing development for a Somerset village has been almost halved - but discussions are ongoing about possible improvements to the Strawberry Line.

Developer Bloor Homes has been weighing up the possibility of building up to 150 new homes on land either side of Howell Lane in Cheddar since 2012.

Last week, however, residents at more than 2,600 neighbouring properties received leaflets informing them of changes to the proposals, which involve the number of planned houses being reduced to 80.

Mark Crosby, senior partner at 
Consensus which has been appointed by Bloor Homes to manage the pre-consultation process, says the decision has been taken in line with local opinion.

He said: “Discussions have been held with various groups and individuals over the past 18 months about the prospective development and this is now giving the opportunity for the wider community to communicate their views on the 
proposals.

“Originally in the early outline plans it was anticipated to be twice the size of the current proposals.

“The site is capable of 150 or so homes, but one of the things which came back in those early stages was it was perhaps a bit big for Cheddar and that was also the view of the parish council.

“And so Bloor Homes looked at that again. What we did was reduce to about 80.

“And that’s directly in response to what was said and scale of the footprint of the proposals. It is smaller and more closely linked to the existing fabric of the village.”

Along with the homes, Bloor has been in discussion with the Strawberry Line Society about how the company can contribute towards improving the foot and cycle path.

This may include Bloor Homes providing land to widen the line, and funding to improve the infrastructure and landscaping.

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