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Backwell villagers are up in arms after North Somerset Council executive voted to include 515 houses at Grove Farm and Burnt House Farm in their Local Plan.
This is despite:-
Nearly 100 houses being built recently at Coppice Place, Moody's Acre, The New Inn and other infill sites;
125 houses APPROVED at Farleigh Fields; and
65 houses APPROVED at Rodney Road, behind the Scout Hut (although access issues are still unresolved)
That's a staggering 705 houses in a village that currently has less than 2,000 houses in total, say protestors.
Spokesperson Lorraine Hopkinson-Parker said; "This huge and disproportionate increase would see Backwell become a small town.
"We know that Taylor Wimpey will not stop at 515 houses on Grove Farm and Burnt House Farm.
"They were very open about their intention to build more if they were granted permission at their recent event, and the number would almost certainly end up being around 700.
"This takes our total for Backwell to just over 1,000."
Lorraine, former North Somerset councillor and currently parish councillor Karen Barclay who is also an executive member of Backwell Residents Association along with Barbara Harland an active community volunteer are all part of a newly launched a Save Our Village campaign.
Its aim is to:
Call on North Somerset Council to remove Grove Farm and Burnt House Farm from the final version of the Local Plan.
Remind North Somerset Council that Backwell has not said no to housing, as the figures above clearly demonstrate.
Remind North Somerset Council that Backwell was in fact, one of the first villages in the country to draw up and adopt a Neighbourhood Plan with a sensible, strategic, sustainable and proportionate number of houses.
Remind North Somerset Council that the Neighbourhood Plan was voted on and supported by 96 per cent of villagers in the referendum.
Remind North Somerset Council that the agreed Vision Statement of Backwell's Neighbourhood Plan states 'To safeguard Backwell for future generations as an attractive place to live with a sustainable village feel in proximity to the countryside'.
Call on North Somerset Council not to destroy our fields, wildlife, agricultural land and our village.
There is a six week public consultation period before the final version of the local plan will be voted on by all North Somerset Council elected members.
Loirraine added: "We need to send a strong message to our elected representatives to ensure they listen to the wishes of the residents they serve."
Backwell is a village
A Keynsham auction house has a Nailsea High Street cottage for sale.
The terraced home was until last year a hairdressing business and had been posted as 'sold' for a time but this sale fell through.
City & Rural Property Auctions has included the property in its online auction from 7pm on Wednesday, November 15.
It has a guideline price of £175,000.
And the blurb says: 'A very rare opportunity to acquire this delightful cottage situated in central Nailsea. Originally used as a business the accommodation could be altered to create a two or three bedroom home. The rooms have been listed as 'proposed' with a vision for possible future use and would be subject to necessary planning consents. Properties of this type are very rare to the housing market and therefore interest is likely to be very high. We have been advised by the sellers that residential planning permission has already been applied for. The floor plan is for viewing purposes only and should not be relied on for total accuracy. Early viewings strongly suggested. (with flying freehold).'
For more details go to https://cityandruralpropertyauctions.com/
A haunted Nailsea cottage for auction
North Somerset Council New Local Plan is being discussed on Wednesday, October 18, at Weston town hall and it contains some 'interesting' revelations.
Contained in the 584-page agenda papers which can be viewed by clicking HERE is the overarching plan for future development in North Somerset.
This gem is found on page 42:
'The Preferred Options proposed that Nailsea/Backwell be identified as a strategic growth location subject to the deliverability of infrastructure to address the serious constraints on the highway network. Further work has indicated that the delivery of a new road either over or under the railway to better connect Nailsea to the A370 and relieve congestion at key junctions is unlikely over the plan period. It is therefore proposed to remove sites at South Nailsea and East of Backwell (also Green Belt).'
It also says that the council has identified a housing supply of 15,804 dwellings when its target 14,985 dwellings sites.
Extending the Green Belt to protect the strategic gap between Nailsea and Backwell is in the draft.
And on pages 277 and 285-287 are its proposed Local Green Space allocations for North Somerset.
They includes parts of Farleigh Fields, Backwell Lake, the parkland near West Leigh Infant School, Scotch Horn Park (now Millennium Park, Bibury Close open areas, Nowhere Woods, Blackthorn Way archaeological site, Hannah More Park and the disputed open slope off The Perrings!
The Executive meeting is on Wednesday, October 18, at 2.30pm in the New Council Chamber.
It will be broadcast live via the weblink https://youtube.com/live/tWFy688iTAQ
The numbers game
PLAY GROUND: North Somerset MP Liam Fox offically opening the new playground at the Ryves Vale development on the edge of the Tickenham village he calls home. The stunning new development of 32, zero carbon three, four and five bed homes has just one remaining four bed Sherston design house left for sale at £629,000. Dr Fox said: "Great to see the high quality of the finished homes and that carbon neutral can be both functional and beautiful simultaneously."
This is an exceptional individual contemporary ‘smart home’.
It stands in a private but not isolated setting at the head of its own private lane on the edge of the ‘old village’ of Nailsea.
Yet it is within easy reach of local amenities.
The house offers over 255sq.m (2,750sq.ft) of floor space with a selection of outbuildings.
It is for sale at a price just over a million at £1,195,000 by Hensons the High Street estate agents.
The key selling points of the property at St. Marys Grove, Nailsea are:
Open plan living
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Developer goes door-to-door...
The developer who bought part of a Nailsea community park has gone door-to-door introducing himself to neighbours!
The land was bought at auction for £28,500 in mid-February.
The new landowner told them he intends to build houses on this plot of Trendlewood Park which is currently subject to a North Somerset Council blanket TPO (tree preservation order) and subsidence property issues with an adjoining home.
Nailsea Town Council has also started ‘town green’ moves to further protect the open buffer between Bibury Close and Birdlip Close against any speculative planning applications.
Clerk Jo Duffy reported to the December that the process is underway - see below extract from council agenda papers.
Problems date back to the 1980s when the then Woodspring District Council failed to adopt this land and others dotted all over the town which are currently being auctioned off to the highest bidder.
Grass verges along Queens Road were recently sold by a London auction house.
The story also posted on our Nailsea People Facebook page reached 5,000 readers in the first 24hrs and here are some of the comments it attracted:
Patricia Adams said: "Sounds like a very speculative purchase to me."
Jessica Amy Payne said: "Tell them to go away."
Nicky Sheehan said: "Come on Nailsea Town council and get that Town Green status."
Derek Iles said: "Shame to see houses being shoehorned into these relatively small, recreational spaces.:
New town councillor James R Turner said: "Anyone with concerns around this can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will raise it at the next council meeting."
Angela Searle said: "They’re going to be tiny with no garden. Absolutely ridiculous! It the developer comes to my door I’ll give him short shrift!"
Jeremy Parker said: "Gardens don’t make sense for property developers, it’s a case of cram as many expensive houses on the smallest possible space these days, all about greed."
Lorna Wilmot said: "Jeremy you're right, have you seen the new houses in Tickenham where the garden centre by Tickenham Garage used to be? Huge houses literally looking into each others' bedrooms, the gardens are so small."
Stacey Bamford asked: "I want to know what these people plan to do with the grass verges they've purchased. I'd be fuming if my house backed onto or faced one of those and they started building some monstrosity on them."
Debbie Anne said: "As a property owner with a tree on the verge damaging my property, I have to say I’d rather a house."
Sammy Fothergill said: "I really thought you couldn’t build on it, I looked at the planning, that’s why it went so cheap, goes against everything if they allow planning."
Jeremy Parker added: "They probably can’t build on it but just don’t know that yet, it’s no doubt a speculative purchase. "I’d be surprised if any money has been transferred yet anyway and the people who bid at auction are probably trying to find out more, hence their visit. It no doubt probably explains why two previous sales fell through. "I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s back on the market again fairly soon."
Louise Bateman said: "We have a WhatsApp group for Birdlip and Bibury residents.
"A petition has been ongoing since the first land sale last year and there are other steps being taken.
"The tree preservation has been confirmed as being in the provisional stage.
"Please do sign the petition we were up to 400 signatures yesterday!
"Really wish the developers had knocked on my door I would have had a few choice words.
"Would I prefer to hear owls or building site not much more I can say."
Zoltan Ecseri posted a link here https://chng.it/f2hBBqVDcL to a petition to Save The Green Space Between Birdlip and Bibury Close as parkland.
It says: 'The beautiful small piece of land between Birdlip Close and Bibury Close has been sold with the possible potential for it to be developed, although we don't yet know who has bought it. It could mean we will loose the wonderful place to walk our dogs, homes for the local wildlife including owls, and two oak trees amongst the many other animals and trees.This is a beautiful area and also forms a natural soakaway for the houses that back onto the property, local footpath and nearby bus stop. The area is used by dog walkers, schoolchildren, ramblers and for people cutting through to walk towards the local pub and Trendlewood Road.If you don't want to see this area developed in to yet another housing estate causing chaos, disruption and the destruction of the fabulous trees and wildlife please sign our petition and hopefully we can stop any potential developers from wanting to build on this land.'
Nailsea Town Council elected representative of Golden Valley ward James Turner asked questions at the planning committee on Wednesday, February 15.