North Somerset village could receive 93 new homes after development plans are revealed

PUBLISHED: 11:00 24 April 2017

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A North Somerset village could be home to 93 new houses after a developer applied to the local authority.

Developer Progress Land hopes to build on land off Greenhill Road in Sandford.

The developer submitted a pre-application to North Somerset council earlier this year to assess the feasibility of building up to 80 homes on the site.

The council’s report confirmed the plans are contrary to core strategy.

Under the council’s guidelines, Sandford is an infill village which is not suitable for large development.

But the developers have pressed on with plans to provide ‘much-needed’ housing in North Somerset, with the council in the process of examining the plans.

The land earmarked for development is close to the Strongvox Homes site which has planning permission to build up to 118 homes.

The scheme faced criticism from villagers and the council, but was approved by the Government after an appeal.

Daniel Sharp, of Walshingham Planning, which is working on behalf of Progress Land, said: “The site would deliver a range of housing, from two-bed apartments to five-bedroom detached dwellings, with 30 per cent being affordable to meet local needs.

“An extension to the school playing field could also be accommodated, together with a financial payment to improve the buildings.

“Open space and children’s facilities, including those for teenagers if required are also planned.

“Money to improve transport facilities, and walking and cycling to the secondary school together with bus passes and electric charging points for cars are available.

“The development and benefits will provide much-needed houses and facilities for the area.”

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