Quarry homes plan is 'unsustainable'

PUBLISHED: 09:07 15 May 2014

Bleadon quarry as it is now.

Bleadon quarry as it is now.

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A DEVELOPER hoping to receive outline planning permission for 53 houses in a North Somerset village has been told the plans need to be scaled down.

Site owner Marshalls Mono applied for permission for Bleadon quarry to be used for housing as it felt the site would be easier to sell with permission for a residential development.

But North Somerset Council’s principal planning officer, David Tate, said the scale of the development is ‘unsustainable’ in terms of transport and the village’s ‘limited facilities’.

His letter to the agent acting on behalf of the concrete company also says the proposed layout does not make the most of the quarry’s character.

The plans have also prompted several objections from residents, with some saying 25 houses would be more appropriate.

The council’s sites and policies plan said officers orginally expected the application to be for 25 properties.

Resident ID Clarke said: “By such a major development the demographics of the village will be changed and the rural character and all that attracts people to move here will be lost.”

Mr Tate’s letter says: “The fact that Bleadon is a small village with limited facilities would suggest that 53 new dwellings is unsustainable.

“The layout appears to be informed by achieving a specific number of units and as a result is over-developed.

“The number of dwellings proposed should be a result of how best to use the land and the layout informed by the sites constraints and opportunities to create an attractive and responsive proposal.

“The quarry site offers a great opportunity to create a distinctive and character development, reflective of its history and natural assets.

“The layout at present is rather uniform and neither plays a role in relating to the surrounding development.”

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