Councillor calls for developers to end Somerset village’s affordable housing ‘shortage’
PUBLISHED: 17:00 17 March 2018
Affordable homes should be built in Wedmore before plans for a development for people aged over 55 are given the green light, according to a councillor.
Blue Cedar Homes has submitted a planning application to Sedgemoor District Council to build 11 homes on land to the north and east of Holdenhurst in the village.
But Sedgemoor and Wedmore parish councillor Polly Costello believes the village’s ‘shortage’ of affordable homes should be a priority for developers.
She wants to see plans for 55 affordable homes to be built south of The Lerburne at Cross Farm go ahead before Blue Cedar’s proposals progress.
Cllr Costello said: “Wedmore already has many exclusive homes and we cannot get away from the fact Blue Cedar specialises in up-market retirement homes.
“We do have a shortage of houses for older residents to down-size and not everyone wants to live in a bungalow, however the most important housing need in Wedmore is for small, affordable housing which we hope is soon to come on the Cross Farm development.
“It is food for thought and currently this application will not receive my support.
“A lot more negotiations need to be firmed up and I want to see our affordable houses delivered before this application goes anywhere.”
The plans are also opposed by the village’s neighbourhood development plan committee which is concerned about the access on to Cheddar Road.
Blue Cedar Homes planning director Andrew Rowe said: “Every one of our developments is designed to the highest standard and quality.
“We have prepared a bespoke scheme for Wedmore which both reflects and respects its setting.
“Our proposal is likely to be of particular interest to anyone considering a move to an age-appropriate property or helping a relative plan for later life.”
Housing is a hot topic in Wedmore with neighbourhood plan organisers outlining 25 possible locations for new homes in the village up to 2032.
Sites include an area north of Danes Lea where up to 200 homes could be built and land east of Wedmore Primary School which could fit 120 homes.
The public consultation period for the Blue Cedar Homes plans expire on April 12.