Residents fear plans to build 70 new homes in Bleadon do not take into account the 'bigger picture'

PUBLISHED: 08:00 24 June 2017

The land of Bridgwater Road where 70 new houses could be built. Picture: Google Maps

The land of Bridgwater Road where 70 new houses could be built. Picture: Google Maps

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A village could see 70 new homes built near a 'dangerous' junction after a planning application was submitted.

Residents in Bleadon have voiced their frustrations after the outline plans were announced, with one person calling them ‘ridiculous’ while another is worried village services are already ‘at breaking point’.

The proposal, which could see the homes built off Bridgwater Road, was submitted to North Somerset Council by planning agent Savills UK last month.

The application, which would also include a public open space, has sparked a wave of objections from neighbours on the Bleadon BOB community website.

Chris Butler – who runs the site – told the Mercury he was ‘disappointed’ the proposals would not be complemented by work on the busy A370 junction which leads into the village.

He added: “It seems the planning application decisions do not take into account the holistic ‘bigger picture’.

“The healthcare provision in the area is already at breaking point so more houses equate to more people, and that can only make matters worse.

“There will be an increase in local traffic – on an already-dangerous junction – and community services may also be used such as the halls, playground, wildlife reserves and footpaths.

“While this might enliven the village it will also presumably come at an increase in residents’ costs to cover the associated maintenance, insurance and health and safety costs.

“It could just cause more emotional and financial stress for residents and be detrimental to their future health and well-being.”

The applicants, however, believe the plans will help meet housing demand.

They said: “It will provide a range of affordable and market houses offering new and existing residents the opportunity to relocate within or move to this part of Weston.

“It will contribute to the vitality and viability of the village through job creation and supporting and investing in existing and new services and facilities.”

To view the application, visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk and search 17/P/1138/O.

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