Go-ahead given for 1,600 new homes

PUBLISHED: 09:00 04 May 2014

Archant

MORE than 1,600 homes will be built on the old Weston Airfield site, seven years after the idea was first floated.

Winterstoke Village is phase two of the new developments earmarked for the outskirts of town, following Locking Parklands, which contains 2,350 homes, and the planned Haywood Village.

A planning application for the second phase was submitted in 2012, but has had to be significantly altered to meet the requirements of planning officers.

Developers have added more open space to the blueprints, along with a green buffer at the Hutton Moor Lane boundary and a community hall.

The Environment Agency initially objected to the plans due to flooding concerns, but developers are confident they have found a solution.

Ward councillors Terry Porter and Dawn Payne have also withdrawn many of their reservations after weeks of discussion with the developers and council planning team.

Cllr Porter said: “I would like to thank the officers for the productive talks we have had in the past few weeks and thank the applicants who addressed our concerns and came back to us.”

Developer Persimmon Homes has been given a target of 30 per cent affordable housing and 1.5 jobs per new home.

Its agent David Hutchinson said: “We understand flooding is an emotive issue so we are working closely with the Environment Agency. We have reached a place where we are confident it is willing to remove its objections.

“It is a very important site for my clients and very important for the council in terms of developing houses.”

Outline planning permission was granted at a south area committee meeting on April 24. This means the scheme can go ahead providing the Environment Agency is satisfied.

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