Villagers object to developer's 110-home plan

PUBLISHED: 12:00 01 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:53 01 June 2018

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Dozens of people have objected to plans to build more than 100 homes in Locking.

Gladman Developments has applied to North Somerset Council for outline planning permission to build 110 two to five-bedroom homes in Elm Grove.

Almost 100 people have registered objections to the new proposal on the council’s online planning portal.

Gladman’s plans would see a vehicle access point created in Elm Grove with emergency access in South Lawn.

The proposed development would also include the demolition of a house in South Lawn – a move which is opposed by the parish council.

The authority’s clerk Colm O’Doherty said: “With regard to the outline planning application, Locking Parish Council totally objects to the proposed development.

“We object to the demolition of the house.

“And the entry to the development from Elm Tree Road is dangerous.

“The increase of traffic along Elm Tree Road would become unacceptable.”

Many villagers have echoed the council’s comments, also supporting its view that the area is at risk of flooding, as well as highlighting the potential risk posed to Locking’s infill village status.

Sheila and Ian Purcell, who live in Elm Tree Road, said: “The development will erode the strategic gap between the village and Weston causing us to become a suburb of the town.”

The application is an amendment to a plan to build 145 homes which was refused by North Somerset Council in March last year.

But the new planning statement says the homes will help to boost the village’s infrastructure and economy.

The document says: “It will help to deliver much needed new, quality family homes in a community where people wish to live in a suitable and sustainable location close to existing public transport, shops, employment opportunities and community services.

“The new residents will increase demand for and use of local services and businesses, and increased spending will help to protect, maintain and enhance the services available and accessible within the town and surrounding area.”

A public open space, containing a play area for children aged four to eight, would also be included in the project.

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