Parish council opposes plan to 'swamp' Winscombe with new homes

PUBLISHED: 15:00 12 January 2017

Winscombe village sign.

Winscombe village sign.

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Plans to build up to 80 houses in a North Somerset village have been criticised by the parish council.

Winscombe and Sandford Parish Council voted against Mead Realisations’ outline plans to build at Broadleaze Farm, off Sandford Road.

A well-attended parish council meeting at Sidcot School on Monday evening saw concerned residents make their case against the plans, including a visual presentation of the potential impact on the landscape.

A total of 131 objections against the plan were entered on North Somerset Council’s planning portal.

The parish council voted to oppose the scheme, citing concerns over the holistic effect of developments in the parish, traffic, and environmental impact.

Parish councillor Gerald Lloyd encouraged North Somerset to ‘step back’ and look at the wider housing issues in the parish.

He said: “There are about 400 houses on the cards for development in the parish. How many people is that? How many cars is that?

“These houses will swamp us. It’s too many for our schools and it’s too many for our medical services.

“The roads, the drains, the sewers, you can go on and on. It is so many people, it increases our parish council by 20 per cent which is an enormous change.”

Amanda Sutherland, representing Mead Realisations, told the parish council: “We have put forward what we feel is an appropriate scheme, but we appreciate many of you do not agree with that.

“North Somerset Council has not met numbers of houses it has to meet so it has to find more. That’s why we have not withdrawn our application, that’s why we have continued onwards.

“It’s disappointing some residents feel we have been misleading or inadequate in terms of our documentation, but one of the problems we’ve had is not receiving a lot of feedback from the people at North Somerset Council.”

The parish council will submit its comments to the district council, where it will be reviewed before a final decision is made over whether to approve the plan.

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