North Somerset Council scales down Yatton homes plan

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 November 2016

No Moor Development has been campaigning for a long time against what it fears are unsustainable housing developments.

No Moor Development has been campaigning for a long time against what it fears are unsustainable housing developments.

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A controversial plan to permit housing development in an area of Yatton has been scaled down by North Somerset Council, after fierce opposition from villagers.

The council’s site allocations plan, which went out to consultation on Monday, originally stated development of up to 80 homes would be acceptable in Moor Lane.

However, the authority has scaled this number down to just 60 homes and has said any development other than access will not be permitted in the Grange orchard, which is contained within the site.

The site is already subject to a planning application for 83 homes from developer Persimmon Homes.

A spokesman for the No Moor Development campaign group, which is fighting unsustainable housing in Yatton, said: “While the council is finally listening to the community, the Persimmon application is not of an appropriate small scale and the proximity of the site to the Kenn Moor Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) – literally the other side of the road – make this site unsustainable for development of any sort.

“Council leader Nigel Ashton agrees that access from the orchard would also be ‘totally inappropriate’.”

“There are alternative sites emerging, and Cllr Ashton has said it’s about time we looked at Yatton ‘in the whole’, and stopped looking at it site-by-site.”

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