Housing group launches manifesto
PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 July 2015
A VILLAGE housing action group is urging the Government to ‘fulfil its commitments’ to protect green spaces from the threat of large-scale housing developments.
No Moor Development (NMD), based in Yatton, made the plea in its online manifesto, which has been published ahead of an upcoming public meeting to discuss housing developments which could be built in Yatton and Claverham.
The manifesto states that although the group is not against new housing per se, any development needs to be ‘proportionate, sustainable, small scale, on brownfield land and within the settlement boundary’.
The public meeting in Yatton, which will be held on Monday, is set to discuss the prospect of 849 new homes being built in the village.
A statement from NMD said: “Before the public meeting, we felt it was important to spell out what our group is for and not just what we’re against.
“We welcome low-cost housing of high quality (which is) designed to meet the local need. But we are against any encroachment on green field land adjacent to, and outside, the Yatton settlement boundary.
“We believe more effort should be made to identify small sites for development, and more support to small and medium-sized house-builders.
“NMD urges the Government to fulfil its manifesto commitments to protect the countryside, and at the same time improve the viability and quality of brownfield development.”
The meeting to discuss housing in Yatton will take place at 7pm on Monday, at the Hangstones Pavilion in Stowey Road.
The group is also conducting an online travel survey to learn more about transport habits among people in Yatton.
It is aimed at those living in the village who are aged 16 and over and will be open until July 26.
For more information and to complete the survey, click here.