‘Sustainable’ homes plan supported

PUBLISHED: 09:00 14 July 2015

The current Oxford Instruments site in North End Road, Yatton.

The current Oxford Instruments site in North End Road, Yatton.

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A PARISH council planning committee has said it supports an application for 55 houses to be built on a site currently occupied by a manufacturing company.

Members of Yatton and Claverham Parish Council voted to support the application from housing developers Redrow Homes, which concerns the Oxford Instruments site off North End Road, at a planning committee meeting on Friday.

Outline planning permission to build 51 homes on the site was originally granted by North Somerset Council in 2006; however, it is believed Redrow has submitted a new application in order to allow Oxford Instruments time to find and relocate to new premises.

Councillors voted to support this latest application for homes despite opposing several other large-scale developments in Yatton, as they felt this development was ‘sustainable’ and is situated on a brownfield site.

In addition, most councillors acknowledged the Oxford Instruments site had previously won outline planning permission for development from North Somerset Council, adding the proposal would have ‘little’ impact on village traffic levels.

Cllr Jonathan Edwards said: “Brownfield sites should be developed before greenfield sites.

“If we turn this application down, we are not helping ourselves. We are more in favour of brownfield sites because they are not taking away greenfield sites from outside the settlement boundary.

“If housing is not to be located in this sort of site, where can it go? It gives a very strong message.”

Not all councillors were in favour of supporting the application, with some citing road safety concerns and a strain on infrastructure as reasons for opposing the bid.

Cllr Viv Wathen said: “Yatton developments should not be approved because there are too few school places, GPs’ surgeries could not cope and there would be a dangerous increase in traffic.”

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