Land cost hits care home hopes

PUBLISHED: 03:01 18 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:29 24 May 2010

THE high cost of private land in Blagdon could scupper hopes of building a care home in the village. Blagdon is in an area of outstanding natural beauty and, because it forms part of the Mendips, it is difficult to build anything on greenbelt land there t

THE high cost of private land in Blagdon could scupper hopes of building a care home in the village.Blagdon is in an area of outstanding natural beauty and, because it forms part of the Mendips, it is difficult to build anything on greenbelt land there that may be seen to destroy the natural habitat.Most of the land in the village is owned by either the Sir David Mills Trust or Yeo Valley Organic.Blagdon Parish Council formed a Care Home Group as the result of a Parish Plan questionnaire distributed to residents. The plan asked people for suggestions on how to improve the village.Council clerk Dave Woolley said: "We would actively welcome any extra care home facilities but it is proving difficult because we just do not have the money to buy land and then build on top of it."Parish councillors support the proposal but are worried that it would also mean breaching part of the village fence to accommodate any new building.Mr Woolley added: "All the councillors are in favour of the care home but it is very difficult to get off the ground.

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