Petition opposing homes on green fields

MORE than 300 residents have told a major developer to scrap plans to build homes on their village's green fields. A developer revealed ambitious proposals to create a residential and business complex on the former Sandford Stone site in Sandford last mon

MORE than 300 residents have told a major developer to scrap plans to build homes on their village's green fields.A developer revealed ambitious proposals to create a residential and business complex on the former Sandford Stone site in Sandford last month but residents say they are upset the scheme includes plans to build on countryside next to the site.Around 300 Sandford residents have signed a petition campaigning against the scheme. Many of them do not object to the idea of developing the Station Road site, but almost unanimously agree the green fields in between the site and Roman Road should be left out of the plans.In September, Welsh developer the Bird Group unveiled the proposals to develop the 12.2-acre site including building homes, businesses, a care home and creating a 'wildlife haven', creating more than 130 jobs.Organisers of the petition say more than 90 per cent of the people they spoke to wanted to sign it.The Bird Group is yet to draw up a planning application but says the petition, and all other aspects of its consultation, will have a big influence on what is submitted to North Somerset Council.A spokesman for the Bird Group said: "We were well aware a petition was being organised in response to the Sandford proposal and respect the right of the organisers to do so."We have carried out an extensive consultation exercise in Sandford in order to obtain the views of as many residents as possible, which has included issuing questionnaires to hundreds of homes and holding a three-day exhibition at the site."All points of view will be taken into consideration before a planning application is submitted to North Somerset Council.


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