Homes for village outskirts

PUBLISHED: 06:59 20 July 2014

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ABOUT 150 homes are set to be built on the edge of Yatton after planning permission was granted by North Somerset Council.

More than 200 letters of objections were submitted with concerns raised over a lack of school places and extra traffic, but the majority of councillors approved Bloor Homes’ application.

Simon Prescott, speaking for the developer, said the scheme off Arnolds Way would provide jobs, a new footpath and cycleway plus ‘appropriate and attractive homes to meet the community’s needs’.

However several councillors were less glowing in their assessment.

Cllr Jill Iles said: “I really feel Yatton is a service village and it has a rural community. It isn’t a town.

“Yatton really can’t cope (with these extra homes). It can barely cope at the moment.”

Annabel Tall, who also represents Yatton, said villagers had ‘real concerns’ about the project before adding that the plot did not appear ‘an appropriate site’ for development.

However the proposal was passed by 18 votes to eight.

North Somerset may need to find room for up to 25,000 new homes by 2026, after an independent judge told the council it needed to raise its target.

Bloor Homes must give money to the community in return for

its scheme, including about £225,000 towards travel infrastructure and £75,000 to the library.

The firm must also contribute towards the cost of a new school if other housing developments get the go-ahead in the future and the primary schools cannot take more pupils.

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