Yatton reacts as 370-home 'disaster' developments are approved

PUBLISHED: 11:00 17 March 2016

The first phase of Bloor's development at Arnolds Way is already underway.

The first phase of Bloor's development at Arnolds Way is already underway.

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The village of Yatton is at risk of turning into a countryside 'sprawl' after developers were granted permission for 370 homes and a five-junction roundabout on its outskirts, according to its district councillor.

Yatton's No Moor Development action group.Yatton's No Moor Development action group.

North Somerset Council gave Hallam Land Management and Bloor Homes the green light to build 170 and 200 homes respectively off Arnolds Way, in the north end of the village, at its planning meeting on March 9.

The roundabout proposals, which were also put forward by Hallam, will see the Arnolds Way roundabout grow in size to accommodate five exits, rather than three.

Bloor’s proposal, which also includes an area set aside for a new primary school, will form the second phase of a 150-home development and includes a provision for an affordable homes community for elderly people.

Yatton district councillor Jill Iles told the committee the developments would have a ‘terrible’ impact on the village and would result in Yatton becoming a ‘conurbation’, rather than a separate community.

She said: “It changes the whole character of the village and the worst part is the sprawl into the countryside.

“I think it will be a disaster – I cannot see that it is sustainable in any way shape or form.

“We are where we are – unfortunately so – and I am still hoping that members will realise the terrible adverse effects this volume of dwellings will have on a small village.

“We will eventually meet up with Clevedon and become a conurbation. We will end up swallowed up like Worle.”

Hallam’s regional manager Andy Birch said his firm was committed to working alongside Bloor while the homes were built, and Bloor spokesman Peter Roberts said the plans meant the area would be more than a straightforward housing estate.

Mr Roberts said: “This mix of houses, with land for the primary school, open space and employment land, means this site will not just be a housing estate, it will provide a mix of uses which will provide integration between new and existing residents of the village.”

However, several Yatton parish councillors and Steve Bridger, from the No Moor Development campaign group, spoke out against the plans.

Mr Bridger told the meeting: “Politics is about making choices and I warn everyone in the public gallery that those who seek to impose 300 houses on North End are making a political choice.

“They will shed crocodile tears and make you believe Yatton has to be sacrificed to protect the green belt.”

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