Quarry housing plans approved by council

PUBLISHED: 13:00 23 August 2014

The quarry in Bleadon.

The quarry in Bleadon.

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A QUARRY is a step closer to being transformed into a housing development after a council approved the plans.

Concrete manufacturer Marshalls Mono, which owns the quarry in Bleadon, applied for outline permission for 42 houses on the site.

It hopes by selling the land with planning permission in place, it will mean the company can increase the site’s asking price.

North Somerset Council’s planning and regulatory committee approved the plans, despite concerns from some councillors they were approving houses without provision of jobs for the area.

Bleadon Parish Council recommended in May the plans be refused as a traffic survey did not recognise the needs of the village. The council also said Mulberry Lane was not a suitable access road to the development.

Speaking at the meeting, councillor Robert Payne said: “The important thing is jobs. It is doing nothing to address the imbalance of jobs to houses in the area.

“There is no school and no doctor’s surgery. No facilities at all. There are inadequate public transport services, so potential residents of this development will be totally committed to using a car.”

As part of the agreement, the developer will provide £688,797 for primary and secondary school places and £81,000 for school transport. The village’s Coronation Hall in Coronation Road will also benefit from £27,308, while thousands will go towards footpath improvements, traffic calming measures, new bus stops and a crossing on the A370.

Marshalls planning consultant Richard Raper said: “The most important thing in Bleadon is its aging population. This development will make a contribution to the future of an active village.”

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