Poll: Developers consider 132-homes in village

PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 January 2015 | UPDATED: 11:09 26 January 2015

The draft layout of the potential 132-home development in Sandford.

The draft layout of the potential 132-home development in Sandford.

Strongvox Homes

A NORTH Somerset village could be increased in size by up to a third after developers have put plans for a new 132-home development up for public consultation.

Development blueprints suggest knocking down one property in Greenhill Road in Sandford to make an entrance to the site which will be built on a field behind the road.

The plans include a new parish hall and a field for public and school use – which could lead to the school expanding its capacity.

Taunton-based developers Strongvox Homes held a public consultation in the village last Thursday.

The company’s senior land manager, Simon Tannahill, said: “I’m sitting down with our consultants later this week to go through all the questionnaires that we have had in fully.

“I was surprised by the number of people who seemed to be in support of it. I think the overall benefit to the local community is part of the reason we have had support.”

The field currently belongs to a number of different owners, including the Thatchers family.

A spokesperson from the cider company said: “We can confirm the Thatcher family has been approached by a development company regarding the sale of a 20-acre field currently used for agricultural purposes, for a potential housing development.

“We have agreed an option on the land conditional upon successful planning consent.”

At the consultation some residents raised concerns about excess traffic and added strain on the village’s facilities such as its popular primary school.

Mr Tannahill said: “We have met with the school and its governors.

“At the moment the school is at capacity, they have got a grass area to the rear for recreation which is very small and sub-standard.”

Sandford Primary has recently been named the eighth best primary school in the country, and Mr Tannahill said: “It is in very high demand. By building the football pitch it would then enable the school to build more classrooms to the rear, on the current grass space, to add more school places.

“We will also be including a number of parking spaces for parents to use when dropping their children to and from school which is all about taking traffic away from the busy main road.”

The site is the second large development currently being considered in the area, with plans for a 185-home development in neighbouring Winscombe are due to be submitted to North Somerset council.

If the Sandford proposal goes ahead it will include 30 per cent affordable homes, with some rented accomodation and some homes under a shared ownership scheme.

Views can still be submitted to Strongvox Homes until Sunday and a freepost feedback form is available via www.winscombeandsandfordpc.org.uk

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