Village land earmarked for more housing after 118 homes already approved

PUBLISHED: 13:00 16 April 2017

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Sandford could be in line to receive 80 new homes, if a developer’s plans are materialised.

Ian Jewson Planning Ltd has submitted a pre-application to North Somerset Council to assess the feasibility of building up to 80 homes to the North of Greenhill Road – which runs through the heart of the village.

The site is near the Strongvox Homes development area for 118 homes, which received outline planning consent after a hard-fought inquiry last year.

Residents have raised concerns over the impact of the Strongvox development – and Sandford Neighbourhood Action Group (SNAG) fear more homes will stretch infrastructure further.

SNAG member Cresten Boase said: “Sandford Primary School is completely full, with no room on site to extend without losing the play area.

“The Strongvox development is estimated to bring 51 primary-age children.

“We now have the development proposal of 80 homes north of the school, next to Strongvox. Council planners have not mentioned requiring land for the school in their pre-planning advice.

“A school that is too small for the community it serves, with no room to expand, where large new developments mean many children have to travel to other schools in other villages, runs the risk of being closed.

“That is not to say that Sandford Primary is under any threat of closure, but so far, no-one from the council is providing any explanation or solutions to what we can see looming ahead.”

Council officer Graham Quick produced a report on the pre-application – and highlighted that elements of the plans are contrary to the council’s core strategy.

He wrote: “Any forthcoming planning application would have to demonstrate that there are material considerations that indicate otherwise.”

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