Decision to be made on hundreds of new homes next to Locking Parklands site

PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 January 2018 | UPDATED: 07:12 08 January 2018

Homes at Locking Parklands.

Homes at Locking Parklands.

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Plans to build hundreds of homes and a primary school in Locking look set to take a major step forward next week.

North Somerset Council wants to build 700 homes on land to the south of Locking Head Drove, next to the 1,450-home Locking Parklands development.

The application for outline planning permission – which if approved means it is supported in principle – also includes provision for 14,500sqm of 
office space, a retail unit and playing fields.

Planning officer Neil Underhay has recommended the plans for approval with a decision due to be taken during North Somerset’s planning and regulatory meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

Mr Underhay’s report says: “The proposed housing parcels would be well-connected to planned bus routes, cycle paths, footpaths, local services and facilities to be developed at Parklands.

“The site is therefore sustainable in terms of its accessibility and future occupants should feel part of the Parklands community.

“The site is part of the allocated Parklands village in the development plan and the proposal would result in increased local housing, both market and affordable, and contribute to reducing the council’s current five-year housing land supply deficit.

“It would also deliver employment development, a primary school, community 
uses and green infrastructure, which adds to the sustainability of the proposal.

“These are matters of significant weight – social, economic and environmental – in favour of the proposal.”

Banwell Parish Council has objected to the plans due to fears over the impact the new homes could have on traffic in the village.

Wessex Water has also warned ‘significant new infrastructure’ will be required to service 
the site.

Land Grass Roots Planning is hoping to build 120 homes next to Locking Parklands while a further 1,150 homes on land owned by Mead Realisations are also earmarked.

The application will be discussed during the council’s planning and regulatory committee meeting at 2.30pm 
on Wednesday at the New 
Council Chamber in Walliscote Grove Road.

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