Multiple developments planned for Banwell

PUBLISHED: 13:00 31 July 2015


AN APPLICATION to extend a 1,150-home development near Banwell by 400 houses has been submitted to North Somerset Council.

North Somerset Council says it will not decide on major housing applications before a final housing target is reached.North Somerset Council says it will not decide on major housing applications before a final housing target is reached.

The 1,150-home development at land south of Wolvershill Road, in Banwell, was approved in April.

But now some of the agricultural land and green buffer zone which was earmarked as open space within the site has been targeted for further development.

The outline planning application has been submitted to the council by Ian Jewson Planning Ltd, on behalf of Mead Realisations, and details plans for 400 additional homes within the site’s boundary.

The development would be made up of a mixture of one to five-bedroom properties and at least 30 per cent of the build would be earmarked for affordable homes.

The application noted there will still be ‘a network of open space’ within the site, and vehicle and cycle access will be the same as that detailed for the homes which have already been approved.

Housing in Congresbury is up for discussion.Housing in Congresbury is up for discussion.

The application says: “A network of open spaces will be provided within the development. This will comprise a playing field, public open space, strategic open space and strategic buffer.”

Draft terms for section 106 agreements – deals made between developers and the council to improve infrastructure – have also been drawn up and include improvements to bus services, cycle paths and bridleways.

A new primary school, St Anne’s at West Wick, has already been built in West Wick to help ease pressure on services in the area and the application says: “There is an overwhelming justification for planning permission being granted.”

Gladman Developments is also eyeing up land at Banwell and has applied for outline planning permission for a 155-home development to the south of Knightcott Road, in Banwell.

The developer’s environmental impact assessment (EIA) request says: “The project will constitute high-quality residential development, complete with the associated open space requirements to meet the community’s needs.

“The project will incorporate the retention of existing trees and hedgerows where ever possible.”

It also notes the public right of way through the site will be kept in place.

A further 10 new homes could also be built on an ‘unattractive’ used car sales plot in Banwell, if a planning application is approved.

The news of these latest developments comes as permission is granted to St Modwen Homes to complete the £400million Locking Parklands development.

So far, phase one and two of the project are complete – with 6,000 sq ft of office space and 250 new houses – but now permission has been granted for the remaining 1,200 homes to be completed.

Planning applications are regularly discussed at Banwell Parish Council meetings.

The next meeting will be at 7.30pm in the village hall in Westfield Road on August 10.

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