Developer makes promise of economic benefits as housing plans are revealed

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 October 2017

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Plans have been unveiled for dozens of new homes in a North Somerset village which is already earmarked for more than 200 extra houses.

Langford could be in line to receive up to 25 houses off the A38 after Jehdi Ltd submitted its development proposals to North Somerset Council.

The greenfield site, known as Lostwood, is near the 24-hour Budgens petrol station, and the applicant believes there is a ‘compelling presumption in favour of approval’ of the plans.

In its submission to the council, Jehdi Ltd said a new housing estate would offer ‘family homes in an accessible location’, affordable housing and a boost to the village’s economy.

The developer would also contribute funding to improve or create new infrastructure ‘to avoid overloading’ services.

But Churchill and Langford Parish Council has recently expressed its concern with housing developments pencilled in for greenfield sites in the village.

Consent for more than 200 homes has been granted for Pudding Pie Lane and Says Lane – plus a 5,400-home garden village which will be located between the parish and Banwell looms on the horizon.

The applicant’s planning statement said: “There are a number of social and economic benefits associated with the development of this site, and it is considered unlikely that there would be any adverse impacts that would outweigh these, and justify a refusal of planning permission.

“The site is currently available for development and housing can be delivered within the current plan period.

“The site is not located in a protected landscape or sensitive area, and the proposed development can be accommodated without any harm to the site’s biodiversity value and protected species; or to the visual amenity, character, or distinctiveness of the local area and wider landscape.

“The transport statement demonstrates that there would be no adverse impact upon highway safety as a result of the proposal.”

But in July, when commenting on another planning application for 41 houses off the A38, the parish council said the villages are ‘facing a tsunami of speculative planning applications on greenfield sites’ which would offer ‘no social, environmental and economic benefit whatsoever’.

The parish council is expected to debate the plans at its meeting next month.

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