New application for 110 homes in village

PUBLISHED: 12:00 30 December 2015


AN OUTLINE planning application for a 110-home development in Cheddar has been submitted to Sedgemoor District Council.

South West-based development company Waddeton Park Ltd has applied to build more than 100 houses at Round Oak Farm in Axbridge Road.

Just less than half of the 20.2-acre site will be developed to make way for the buildings and roads, while the rest will be left as green space.

The proposed site lies between Upper New Road, Axbridge Road and Round Oak Road and is south of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The land is currently used for farming purposes but the applicant says it is an ideal location for development.

The village has already seen 23 homes built in Sharpham Road and Bloor Homes hopes to build 90 homes in Howell Lane.

But the cover letter submitted to the council alongside the application says: “The site is suitable and available for residential development and represents the most logical location for the expansion of Cheddar, particularly when compared with the other options currently being explored through the emerging local plan review.”

The design and access statement for the project suggests people living in the potential development will be able to walk to the nearest convenience store in just six minutes.

The plot of land is also just a 12-minute walk to the centre of the village and Cheddar First School and it will take 20 minutes to walk to Cheddar Medical Centre.

The design and access statement explains a network of green spaces will be included in the plan.

It says: “The design is intended to create a form of development which blends into the landscape and which complements existing development.”

The site lies within a low-risk flood zone and a risk assessment found there was no reason the site cannot be developed due to the risk of flooding.

It says: “The layout plan includes large areas of public open space and these areas provide suitable locations to include surface water ponds or basins.”

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