Housing scheme refused by parish council

PUBLISHED: 13:00 31 May 2014

Bleadon quarry as it is now.

Bleadon quarry as it is now.

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A COMPANY hoping to transform a quarry for residential development has suffered a setback after a parish council recommended the plans be refused.

Marshalls Mono, which currently owns the quarry in Bleadon, has submitted a blueprint outlining plans to build 53 houses on the site.

It hopes by selling the land with outline planning permission, will mean the company can increase the site’s asking price.

Bleadon Parish Council has backed the idea of the site being used for housing rather than a fresh industrial use or being left empty.

Council chairman Penny Skelley said: “There will be younger people coming into the village and that’s progress.

“If we get this right then it is only good for Bleadon.”

However, councillors said they could not support the plans in their current format, instead voicing the need for improvement works to be 
carried out at Bridge Road and a reduction in the number of planned houses before the authority would back Marshalls’ application.

Last week, the Mercury reported how North Somerset Council’s principal planning officer, David Tate said the scale of the development was ‘unsustainable’.

Planning consultant Richard Raper, on behalf of Marshalls, said the company was looking at re-drawing the scheme.

He said: “We are making a serious attempt to address your concerns in order 
to achieve a design that is mutually acceptable and acceptable to the residents of Bleadon.”

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