New housing bid for village fields

PUBLISHED: 09:00 25 September 2015

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ANOTHER batch of houses could be built on the outskirts of a North Somerset village if a developer's hopes are realised.

With the district facing a flurry of recent housing applications, another developer has revealed it has its eyes set on the Banwell countryside for its new homes project.

Pegasus Group announced its hopes to build 42 houses off Wolvershill Road in Banwell at the most recent parish council meeting.

Pegasus says its plans include mixture of house types and sizes, from terraced to detached, with 30 per cent allocated for affordable housing.

The director of Pegasus, Daniel Weaver, attended the meeting to unveil the plans and answer any concerns from villagers.

He said: “North Somerset Council cannot demonstrate a sufficient supply of housing sites against levels of identified need.

“Banwell is a service village, recognised as a location that can support further residential growth.

“It will provide much-needed housing, including affordable homes. It is a sustainable location within the village of Banwell close by the community facilities of the village, bus stops and shops.”

Mr Weaver also said he did not think the extra traffic would cause much of an impact on the already over-burdened village.

But this is not the first application to be submitted for Wolvershill Road, as North Somerset Council has already given permission for 1,150 new houses to be built south of the road as part of the Locking Parklands development.

And an extra planning application was submitted in July with hopes to extend the development by another 400 houses.
There are also two outstanding applications for adjoining Knightcott Road, with outline planning permission being sought for 165 new homes in total.

The council says it will not decide on any applications of 10 or more houses until the Government reveals how many homes need to be built the district by 2026 to meet the housing quota.

Pegasus said it will hold a public consultation in October to give the public a chance to look at the plans, but is yet to confirm a date.

PICTURE: In blue: Two outstanding housing applications with 165 homes. In red: The proposed new development. Picture courtesy of Google maps.

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