Planning officers change mind about housing application

PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 January 2016

3d illustration of  Blueprints

3d illustration of Blueprints


A housing development which was given the go-ahead will no longer be built, after councillors decided it had taken too long to reach a legal agreement.

Litt Holdings was given permission to build 21 homes at Steart Bushes in Wedmore Road, Cheddar, in April.

Since then, Sedgemoor District Council has been working on an agreement with the developer about money to be given to the community in exchange for granting planning permission.

But council officers said they had got as far as they could with drafting the agreement.

Documents read by councillors at the meeting said: “The applicant has not progressed matters from their point of view.

“No response has been received in respect of the submission of the completed certificate of title and accompanying land registry office copies and of the applicant’s undertaking to meet the council’s legal costs in this matter.”

Officers said the delays were due to negotiations between the developer and Somerset County Council’s highways department about the potential purchase of land at the front of the site.

Councillors refused planning permission on the grounds that the development would not provide any affordable housing, and would not provide an on-site play space.

Cheddar Parish Council has also objected to a planning application for 110 homes at Round Oak Farm in Axbridge Road.

Its planning committee said there was no proven need for homes to be built outside the development boundary.

It also said the extra traffic would have a detrimental effect on tourism, and the homes would have a negative impact on views from the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

But at the same meeting, the council said it supported an application for 67 homes in Helliers Lane.

It said the area was one of the council’s preferred sites for development, and was in walking distance of the village.

People can still leave comments on the Helliers Lane application on Sedgemoor District Council’s website using the planning number 17/15/00096.

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