New primary school and 200 homes proposed

PUBLISHED: 07:58 29 April 2015 | UPDATED: 07:58 29 April 2015

More homes could be heading Yatton's way.

More homes could be heading Yatton's way.

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BLOOR Homes wants to build another 200 homes and a primary school on the edge of Yatton.

The developer, which has already got permission for 150 homes off Arnolds Way, has asked North Somerset Council’s opinion regarding building more houses in that part of Yatton.

With Hallam Land Management seeking to build 170 homes the other side of the Arnolds Way roundabout, it could mean more than 500 houses being built at the north end of the village.

Mike Kerton, Bloor Homes’ planning director, believes concentrating building in one area is much better than having lots of little sites around Yatton and neighbouring villages.

Bloor Homes has not requested planning permission at this stage for the 200-home project, but wants North Somerset Council to carry out a screening opinion.

It is generally the first step in the planning process for big developments.

Should it proceed, the application would feature a mix of affordable homes and specialist houses for older people.

A primary school would also be built because Yatton’s infant and junior schools would not be able to cope with such a large influx of children.

The announcement is likely to stir up further concern in the village that roads and healthcare services will not cope with a large influx of people. Parish councillors have previously expressed worries that Yatton could become a satellite town to Bristol rather than the much-loved village it currently is.

Mr Kerton said: “At present there are several major housing projects proposed in Yatton and Congresbury with more in the pipeline. We believe future development is better concentrated in one or two key locations, than developed piecemeal across the area.

“That way it should be possible to provide a more focussed and co-ordinated approach to delivering community infrastructure such as a primary school, highway improvements and affordable housing.”

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