MAP: See where North Somerset Council plans to build 700 homes – right next to the Locking Parklands development
PUBLISHED: 11:00 11 January 2017 | UPDATED: 11:19 11 January 2017
North Somerset Council is planning to build a little more than 700 homes – as well as retail and office space and a new primary school – right next to Locking Parklands.
The council has hired London-based consultancy firm CH2M to draw up a planning application for land it owns at Locking Head Drove.
Plans to build 711 homes to create ‘Parklands Village’ have now been submitted to the council.
If approved the development would not be built until the council’s £10million road connecting Locking Parklands and West Wick is finished.
The planning application for Parklands Village says it has been ‘designed to integrate’ with nearby developments already under way at Locking Parklands and developments planned for the surrounding area by Mead Realisations Ltd.
The application says consultation on the various Weston Villages developments has been ‘extensive’ and adds: “The site is in close proximity to existing local services and facilities.
“The applicant is committed to providing a range of new facilities and services to benefit new and existing residents.”
Parklands Village will house a mixture of properties – with 30 per cent of them set to be affordable homes – including 374 detached or semi-detached houses, 208 terrace houses, 140 apartments and six flats above garages.
However, Weston Town Council has already made its objections to the plans clear and commented on the application to say it would be an ‘overdevelopment’ of the area and ‘not in keeping’ with its surroundings.
Similarly Banwell Parish Council wants the application to be refused and said it would exacerbate traffic issues within the village.
Parklands Village will also include a primary school which will be able to cater for 420 children.
North Somerset Council has also said it will make financial contributions to pay for preschool and secondary school provisions elsewhere in the district.
It is also prepared to pay £125,000 across five years to ensure community bus services are available at Parklands Village as well as paying more money to help with improvements to junction 21 of the M5.