Home building delayed

PUBLISHED: 11:00 28 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:38 25 May 2010

BUILDING work on a mixed home and office development at the former RAF Locking site has been delayed.

BUILDING work on a mixed home and office development at the former RAF Locking site has been delayed.

Developer St Modwen cannot start on the 100 new homes and office buildings until an agreement is made over financial contributions to the community.

The firm has been in negotiations with North Somerset Council for two weeks, but by yesterday (Wed) had yet to come to a Section 106 settlement.

A spokesman said, however, that work was still likely to start on the development by March.

The scheme was set up by Homes and Communities Agency and South West Regional Development Agency, who own the 250-acre site.

It will form part of an overall development of more than 1,000 homes and offices as well as two schools, a children's centre and cemetery at the former RAF training camp.

Colin Molton, director of the Homes and Communities Agency in the South West said: "Planning approval for phase one of Locking Parklands is a very important decision for the future regeneration of the area.

"As owners of the site we have worked closely with our partners the South West Regional Development Agency, St Modwen, North Somerset Council and the local community, to ensure it's a place where people will choose to live and work.

"We are very committed to ensuring that the development meets local housing and employment needs and ambitions."

A consultation will take place this summer before an outline planning application is submitted for the entire scheme.

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