Parish council worries have been rejected as 90 homes approved

PUBLISHED: 13:22 21 December 2016 | UPDATED: 13:22 21 December 2016


A housing development which promises to provide ‘much-needed housing’ for a Somerset village has been given approval by Sedgemoor District Council, despite oppositions from two parish councils.

Developer Bloor Homes Limited submitted plans to build 90 houses off Holwell Lane and Upper New Road in Cheddar last year but the application caused uproar at both Cheddar Parish Council and Axbridge Town Council meetings.

The development will also include garages, a public open space and road access from Upper New Road.

Sedgemoor carried out a housing needs assessment for Cheddar to establish how much affordable and regular housing was needed.

The survey found 41 homes were required and the Bloor Homes development will go a long way towards meeting this target.

Thirty-six of the 90 new homes will be affordable housing.

The application will also be subject to a section 106 legal agreement, which will require the developers to provide services and infrastructure for the community.

The agreement has now been signed by Bloor Homes and is awaiting final approval from Sedgemoor District Council.

Mike Kerton, planning director for Bloor Homes South West, said: “Our proposed development will provide much-needed new housing in an attractive and sustainable location which will further help to support the village’s wide range of amenities, and we are therefore pleased the planning committee voted in favour of the scheme.”

Cheddar Parish Council opposed the application as councillors argued the development was not in keeping with the surrounding area and the number of proposed homes was too high.

Axbridge Town Council also opposed the application as members were concerned about increased traffic and the impact the development would have on the area.

Work will begin on the development in the middle of next year and is expected to be completed within two years.

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