MP fights housing proposals

PUBLISHED: 13:00 26 May 2016

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North Somerset’s MP has condemned the way in which hundreds of new houses have been earmarked for the village of Yatton, despite the Government announcing it will not intervene in the plans.

Dr Liam Fox MP has asked North Somerset Council to consider the overall impact of developments in the north end of the village, rather than looking at each development individually.

Some 520 homes are set to be built by developers Bloor Homes and Hallam Land Management off Arnolds Way, while Persimmon Homes is also hoping to build 83 homes off Moor Road.

Villagers unhappy with the proposals asked North Somerset Council, in the form of a parish poll, to weigh up the cumulative impact of the developments in its planning considerations, but the council said this was unnecessary.

In addition, Yatton Parish Council also wrote to Dr Fox, asking him to request the applications be called in by Secretary of State Brandon Lewis.

However, Mr Lewis said this week he will not take any action.

Dr Fox has now written to North Somerset to ask it to look at the overall impact of the homes, and told Yatton Parish Council he felt the amount of houses is ‘incompatible’ with the village’s services and infrastructure.

Dr Fox said: “I believe that the sheer volume of the planned houses is incompatible with the ability of local infrastructure to absorb the increased demand.

“We are all aware of the pressures being placed on North Somerset Council to provide more housing and the particular issues arising in Yatton.

“I do not have to rehearse again my concerns about the impact on local infrastructure.

“I would ask, however, that these applications are not looked at in isolation, but rather that their cumulative effect be taken fully into account.

“In addition, it is very important for local residents to understand what mitigation measures might be undertaken to provide improved transport access, school places and NHS provision as part of any development, especially what level of funding may be available for these elements from the developers themselves.

“It is quite unacceptable to impose the houses and hope that the infrastructure may follow.”

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