Village awaits planning inspector’s final verdict on development
PUBLISHED: 15:00 03 October 2016
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.
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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