‘Important’ housing decision postponed
PUBLISHED: 12:00 18 February 2016
A 170-home scheme earmarked for the edge of Yatton has stalled after North Somerset Council’s planning committee deferred its decision until its next meeting.
Hallam Land Management wants to build off Arnolds Way, in the north end of the village.
Its proposal, which would include a number of affordable homes, had been recommended for approval by the council’s planning officers.
However, separate plans put forward by Bloor Homes for 200 homes close to the Hallam site are set to be discussed by the committee next month, and councillors felt it would be useful to consider both applications at the same time.
Yatton councillor Jill Iles told the meeting: “This is not the only site we have to consider at North End and I propose that this development is deferred, so the committee can visit the site and understand the constraints.
“It is really important we have all the applications in so we can look at them all, rather than just having an individual report on each site. I really feel this is to the advantage of members.”
Almost 700 new homes have been earmarked for Yatton by the council between now and 2026 and the majority of them have proven unpopular with villagers concerned at the impact on traffic congestion and village facilities.
The No Moor Development campaign group has been fighting against unsustainable housing in the village for the past 18 months and its spokesman, Steve Bridger, said: “The Hallam development would make living in Yatton much worse.
“Unlike in Weston, the council has failed to make it clear how it intends to ensure timely development of infrastructure to keep pace with housing in Yatton. Why not? What is the intent (and) where is the plan?
“Why should Yatton be the sacrificial lamb on the housing-target altar?”
The Hallam proposal also provoked concerns among several planning committee members, including Clevedon East councillor David Shopland.
Cllr Shopland said: “I have lived in Yatton and I remember when there was a dream in Yatton, and that dream was to make the high street safe for people to walk.
“The dream was for a ring road around Arnolds Way. It was thought that the development would take place around the west and the south and the developers would pay for it. This (application) does nothing at all for this.”