Planning inquiry examines 150-home plan for outskirts of Weston-super-Mare

PUBLISHED: 13:30 20 January 2017

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A planning inquiry to decide whether 150 new homes can be built on the edge of Weston-super-Mare has been told North Somerset’s lack of housing must be fixed.

Developer SWSD wants to build off Oldmixon Road, despite strong objections from people living in nearby Hutton.

SWSD appealed as North Somerset Council took too long to decide on the application. But, the authority later said it would have refused permission because it is outside Weston’s settlement boundary and would harm the rural landscape.

At the planning inquiry on Tuesday, SWSD’s barrister Christopher Young said it is a ‘very logical site’, which is closer to Weston’s town centre than other new developments.

He said Hutton would retain its ‘separate identity’ and said the development will deliver ‘much-needed’ housing.

However, the council’s barrister, Tim Leader, argued the houses would harm the setting of the nearby Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

He said the council is ‘committed’ to tackling the district’s housing shortfall, and added: “There’s a great need to provide affordable housing, but that does not trump sensible decision-making.”

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