Village awaits planning inspector's final verdict on development

PUBLISHED: 15:00 03 October 2016

A Government planning inspector will make the final decision on a 155-home development in Banwell.

A Government planning inspector will make the final decision on a 155-home development in Banwell.

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A Government planning inspector heard final before going away to make a decision on whether or not to allow a 155-home development in Banwell.

A planning inquiry has taken place to decide if Gladman Developments can build new homes in Knightcott Road.

Gladman argues the project is needed to meet the five-year housing demand in the district, but villagers believe it would put pressure on infrastructure.

Government planning inspector Neil Pope was called in to make the decision.

Banwell Parish Council’s clerk Liz Shayler said residents’ evidence gave a ‘very good and rounded account’ of concerns.

She said the village’s traffic problems were spelled out to Mr Pope, and added: “Gladman has admitted the development will cause traffic but it feels it will not significantly impact what is already a problem.”

But Gladman has offered £15,000 to assist in some sort of traffic mitigation near the site.

Mr Pope will hear final evidence today before going away to write up his decision.

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