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Three years on and no homes built yet?

Three years ago, the abattoir at West End, Nailsea, closed after being in business for 120 years.

At the time Toby Baker, managing director, told Farmers Weekly he blamed the “relentless” red tape emanating from the Food Standards Agency, and its associated costs, as a factor in the closure decision.

Bakers of Nailsea, put the commercial property and adjoining land on the market for £800,000 but there were no serious takings.

But in November 2019 the 2.7acre site sold by auction for £500,000.

Auctioneers Hollis Morgan said the commercial plot has ‘potential’ for residential development subject to planning permission.

Also, earlier that year in September a piece of land in Nailsea no more than a large kerbside frontage on Station Road sold for £39,000.

Described as a freehold rectangular parcel of land with mature trees and fenced boundary located it sits between Station Road and a dead-end lane leading to a few properties opposite Ash Hayes Road.

The auctioneer said that planning permission for a detached 3-bed house has previously been refused but ‘we understand a more sympathetic scheme may have potential’ subject to consents.

Award-winning architect designs Uplands housing

The locals didn't like North Somerset Council deciding to build on land it thought had been designated as 'recreational' but picking designer of last year’s prize-winning Goldsmith Street for 52-home project has won the council accolades in Housing Today the online industry magazine.
Mikhail Riches’ consented Uplands scheme is a ’rural sister site’ to the practice’s Stirling Prize-winning Goldsmith Street in Norwich, said the council
Architect Mikhail Riches has won planning for 52 Passivhaus-certified homes near Bristol it has designed for North Somerset Council
The 52 Passivhaus homes will be a minimum of 10 per cent above nationally described space standards and include space for home-working. The scheme includes smaller homes for downsizers and eight bungalows that can be adapted for wheelchair users.
The scheme, on council-owned land at The Uplands in Nailsea, a former 19th-century industrial town eight miles southwest of Bristol, is described as landscape-led and includes communal gardens and wildlife corridors. It has electrical vehicle charging throughout.
North Somerset Council said it wanted to 'challenge the development sector to do better by working with some of the best designers in the country', and director Annalie Riches said it was an example of 'what a forward-thinking council can achieve'. 
The council will begin procurement of a delivery partner for the Mikhail Riches development this summer with the aim of work starting on site early in 2022. The scheme is designed for manufacture and assembly of MMC panellised construction throughout.
Juliet Bidgood, chair of the Design West review panel which reviewed the scheme at three stages before and during lockdown, said: “We were inspired to see North Somerset leading by example using a strategic site to promote the high-quality design of housing by commissioning a talented design team.
“The project is a valuable demonstration of how contemporary low-carbon approaches to architecture can contribute new character and difference while learning from the local vernacular of a place.
“The project also has the potential to lead the way locally in how to develop homes that are part of a sociable and nature-friendly landscape. The panel were impressed by the way the architect and landscape architect worked together to bring trees into street landscapes and create communal gardens and orchards. It’s good to see North Somerset take practical action to address the climate and biodiversity emergencies through this approach.”
Mikhail Riches was appointed to the West Country project in July 2019 following a competitive tender process through the Greater London Authority’s ADUP2 framework.
It underlines the significance for architects of getting on the framework which can be used by authorities outside London. More than 1,100 applications were received for the 14 categories of the rebranded architecture urbanism panel 3 when retendering began last year.
The council is also working on placemaking schemes with Allies & Morrison in Portishead and Turner Works in Weston and will shortly be starting work on similar initiatives in Clevedon and Nailsea.

Suburban semis for green space

A planning application has been submitted to North Somerset Council to build a pair of semi-detached houses on land between numbers 16-18 Winchcombe Close, Nailsea.

Nailsea is full of small parcels of land on its housing estates left by developers as open space for recreational purposes.

But through the years the original building companies have either amalgamated, gone bust or simply forgotten about these areas many of which North Somerset took on responsibility for mowing the grass and clearing rubbish.

Winchcombe Close resident Rachel Young said: "Our greenspace which lies between two homes where our children and the wider community gather has been sold.

"It is now owned by a someone living on the east coast of England who wishes to squash in two houses which are not in keeping with the rest of the homes in this residential close and infringes on our children's off-street playing area.

"We believe North Somerset conducted the sale of the land without informing the residents.

"As you can imagine the street is extremely upset about the lack of communication - we found out when a neighbour spotted a council planning notice stuck to a lamppost."

On the planning application it is described as ‘empty parcel of land’.

You can view the application HERE.

It was proposed at a recent Nailsea Town Council meeting that these areas could be utilised as community gardens for growing vegetables, planting orchards or pleasant places for neighbours to congregate.

Nailsea Town Council chairman Jan Barber said: “What happened to the town council being informed when North Somerset Council sold its green spaces – we were not notified.”

Rachel is hoping district councillor Andy Coles can answer their questions.

Water woes at Youngwood Lane

There are water supply issues with the phase one plans to build 168 homes on land north of Youngwood Lane and east ff Netherton Wood Lane, Nailsea.

Firstly, Bristol Water says it has an 18in and 450mm trunk main within the site boundary and needs to talk to developers about safeguarding its pipework.

And secondly Avon Fire & Rescue say it needs addition fire hydrants on the site.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service hydrant manager Fay Gresty said: "Avon Fire & Rescue Service aim is ensuring members of the community are safe from fire and feel safe within their own homes by taking a risk assessed approach."

It is calling for a contribution towards the cost of installation and five years maintenance of 13 fire hydrants at £1,500 + vat each by Taylor Wimpey.

Ms Gresty said: "...these fire-fighting water supplies must be installed at the same time as each phase of the developments is built so that they are immediately available should an incident occur, and the Fire & Rescue Service be called."

It total, the developers wants to build 450 homes with new access roads on green fields on the western edge of the town while safeguarding any future road links.

  • Meanwhile North Somerset Council has approved the development of the land to the south of The Uplands. North Somerset Council owns the land and has proposed to build 52 dwellings, plus a substation building on site. Nailsea Town Council objected to the land being developed, along with more than 150 others who took the time to comment on the application. The application was approved by North Somerset Council planning and regulatory committee on Wednesday, February 17.

NETHERTON GRANGE: Top of Youngwood Lane on Friday, February 12, a billboard appeared announcing phase one of 168 new homes to be build here with more to follow.  In total 450 homes will be built on this sloping meadowland. To register an interest go to:
Further along the Engine Lane Barratt Homes will be developing 171 houses on the site owned partly by the Nailsea Town Council site at Engine Lane. To register an interest for this site go to
Both sites will have a percentage of 'affordable' social housing.

People speak - public consultation

Plans for the future of development in North Somerset have taken an important step forward with the publication of the council’s response to the latest round of consultation.
North Somerset Council is in the process of developing a new Local Plan for the area. 
People told the council they didn't want houses built in flood plains and favoured using brown field land.
The report says: "The Urban Focus approach seeks to maximise as much growth as possible close to the largest urban centres of Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon, Nailsea, Portishead and Bristol where there are already a good range of services, facilities and jobs. This approach had the most overall support out of all the proposed approaches. 569 respondents strongly supported this approach and 391 respondents supported the approach. This means that 64 per cent overall though this was the best approach as to where to locate new development."
The issue of transport and impact on the road network was frequently citied as a concern both in and out of towns and on the villages, such as Tickenham located near to the towns and urban areas.
Tickenham Road Action Group is actively campaigning to stop any more commuter traffic thundering through its village. Its annual meeting is at 7pm on Tuesday, March 9, by video conference on Skype. To join email Bruce Campbell at
Once adopted, the plan will identify where development can and cannot take place in North Somerset as well as which supporting services and infrastructure are required.
More than 1,600 people took part in the six-week Choices consultation, which focused on the possible approaches to the location of future development in North Somerset.
Four approaches were put forward for discussion and people were asked what they liked or disliked about each, or whether there are any alternative ways of distributing the proposed growth. 
North Somerset Council executive member for planning, highways and transport James Tonkin is the independent ward councillor for Nailsea West End.
He said: “The responses to the Choices consultation have been so useful in helping the council understand local people’s priorities for development in North Somerset, so thank you to everyone who took the time to have their say.

“The government’s housing target for North Somerset is currently 20,475 new homes during the next 15 years. 
"Without a Local Plan we could end up with unplanned growth in the wrong places, with no supporting facilities.
“The final agreed approach is likely to be a combination of the various different options. 
"We are determined to produce a Local Plan which provides high quality places, in sustainable locations, with all the facilities communities need to flourish.”
The results of the Choices consultation will be used as a starting point for developing a draft Local Plan, which will be consulted on this autumn. 
To view the results go to

Nailsea arts & crafts homes

Did you know there is a row of four terrace houses and one detached home in Mayfair Avenue, Nailsea which are Grade II listed?

Numbers 11-15 were built in 1933-35 by Robert McClaren Love, FRIBA for WH Pippett.

The development was originally called The Close and not completed and the present number 10 was built in 1966 to an unrelated plan.

The homes were listed for their architectural quality as exceptional Arts and Crafts-inspired suburban houses, strongly influenced by Hampstead Garden Suburb, with interesting direct connections with Sir Edwin Lutyens.

In August 2020 one of the freehold three-bed terraced homes sold for £415,000

You can read more here:

Tick(enham)ing carbon zero boxes

Newland Homes has been given the go-ahead for a development of zero carbon housing in North Somerset.

North Somerset Council has approved the company's plans for 32 new sustainable homes in the village of Tickenham, all of which will benefit from solar panels, air source heat pumps and 'hedgehog highways'.

Outline planning permission was originally granted for the former garden centre in Tickenham, between Nailsea and Clevedon, in 2017.

This latest planning approval confirms the detail of the design and means that Gloucestershire-based developer Newland Homes can now start work on the site, with groundworks scheduled to commence this spring.

Newland Homes developments director Jeremy Drew said: "Newland Homes is investing in the future with our first Zero Carbon scheme.

"It is not a planning requirement, but it is the right thing to do, and is increasingly sought by our customers.

"This is a major milestone and sets the scene for all of Newland Homes' coming developments.

"We're upgrading the ambitions for our properties, so they are more sustainable and economic to run, without compromising on their style, and are future-proofed for both the homeowner and the environment.

"Our Zero Carbon homes even exceed the government's recently trialled Future Homes Standard, currently intended to be rolled out from 2025."

In addition to the 32 new homes available for private sale, about 9,700 sq ft of commercial space is being built by Newland Homes at Tickenham.

This will take the form of office and light industrial space.

Building homes fit for people

The countryside in this photo may soon be lost to development and hundreds of commuters could attempt to shortcut to the M5 along this rural road unless and alternative route is built.
As expected North Somerset Council had little choice but to approve the residential development of up to 168 new homes on land off Netherton Wood Lane, Nailsea. 
This application includes the provision of 30 per cent affordable homes, ensuring that local people are able to live and work in the local area, say developers Taylor Wimpey.
The reserved matters planning application is for the first phase but also includes infrastructure roads for the wider development and a safeguarded route for a potential future link road. 
The proposals form part of the first phase of a development which received outline planning permission in November 2019 for 450 homes. 
The remaining 282 homes will be sought for planning consent at a later date.
The Bristol Post has reported that developers have plans to build hundreds of new homes on green belt land in Failand.
Harrow Estates has launched a major consultation on its vision to build up to 500 homes over 40 hectares of land - which would see the size of the village double.
The development would be spread over three sites bordering the ‘Failand Triangle’ all of which are currently in the green belt near the B3128 and just down the road from Bristol and Clifton Golf Club.
A consultation on the vision has now been launched by Harrow Estates, which is part of the Redrow Group.

The consultation, which will run online due to the current pandemic, runs until Monday, February 22.

The proposal is being put forward at the same time as North Somerset Council is starting to draw up its Local Plan for the area up to 2038.
Read the full story here
People can find out more about Harrow Estates plan at
And there are reports of more developers 'hovering' or should that be 'harbouring' schemes for other green fields in the Nailsea and Backwell area...

Retro rabbit hutches

It was the biggest planning application they had discussed for two decades, said Nailsea Town Council planning committee chairman Rod Lees at its Zoom meeting on Wednesday, January 13, but the detailed design of the 168 Taylor Wimpey houses for land north of Youngwood Lane and east of Netherton Wood Lane failed to find favour with councillors.

This is Phase One of a development which will eventually see nearly 500 new homes build on the green fields towards West End.

The questionable road network, missing cycle routes and lack of carbon neutral ideas were criticised, and the rows of houses dubbed ‘featureless retro rabbit hutches’, by the committee

There will be 118 homes put on the open market consisting of 16 two-bed, 56 three-bed, 41 four-bed and 5 five-bed with 30 per cent affordable housing for rent or shared ownership.

On the development will be four three-storey blocks of flats.

Taylor Wimpey said: “The application includes 30 per cent affordable homes, ensuring that local people are able to live and work in the local area. The first phase includes infrastructure roads for the wider development and a safeguarded route for a potential future link road. The development, which is accessed from a new through route from St Mary’s Grove, gives us an opportunity to deliver a mixed development of homes, from one-bedroom apartments up to five-bedroom family homes, with parking and public open space." 

The application is to be considered by North Somerset Council planning and regulatory committee on Wednesday, January 20.

North Somerset Council decide on the planning applications – Nailsea Town Council only has the power to recommend.

The district council virtual meeting will be livestreamed on You Tube and with all the planning paperwork here

  • Retrospective planning permission was sought for a ‘huge’ roof extension on a Victorian cottage in Nailsea High Street. But neighbours said the revised application for the partially built dormers resembled ‘towering’ boxes stuck on top of the 19th century terraced home and they complained had not been informed about the original application. The committee decided the application was a ‘fragrant disregard of planning rules’ and if allowed would send the wrong message to those working in the local construction industry.

Plans for Nailsea eyesore

A redundant college building in Nailsea could be transformed into apartments and the library relocated as part of ambitious plans for the town centre.
Developments Bristol has purchased the former Weston College site in Somerset Square with a view to redeveloping it into apartments with a retail unit on the ground floor.
It is also possible that the town’s library building could be sold and included within the development, with the library being relocated elsewhere in Nailsea.
The firm, headed by Wraxall businessman Paul O’Brien, is currently in talks with Nailsea Town Council, North Somerset Council - which own the library - and the town centre owners Praxis.
Mr O’Brien said the plans were very much at the ‘discussion stage’ but said he hoped the development would provide a mix of private, shared ownership and affordable homes for local people.
The former Weston College building has laid vacant in the town for over a decade and over the years has become an eyesore.
Mr O'Brien said: “We are currently in the very early stages of discussions for this site.
“We want to come up with a scheme that works for everyone and takes into consideration the community buildings.
“The idea is to have retail below and apartments above but nothing is yet set in stone.
“This development will regenerate what is something of an eyesore in Nailsea town centre and provide homes for local people.”
It transformed the former Royal Oak Garage into 10 homes, offices and a retail unit and converted Court House in the High Street from offices into apartments.
It has also redeveloped the former Waverley House offices in Clevedon into 17 flats and is currently working on a project to build new homes at Slade Road in Portishead.
If plans are agreed, building work could start on the old college site early in 2022.
The site has been subject to a number of development plans over the years.

The Tyntesfield Medical Group had wanted to purchase the building next to its Tower House Medical Centre.The plans proposed selling the practice’s Brockway site in the town for housing and relocating the 12 consulting rooms to the medical centre.

A further six consulting rooms would have been added to Tower House, along with a new waiting area, with practice administration staff moving into the Weston College building.

However, the plans were axed due to the uncertainty in the commercial property sector as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
At one point, the college secured planning permission to turn the site into flats, but nothing came of the plan which had been opposed by the then owners of Crown Glass Shopping Centre who didn't want homes on the ground floor.
Mr O'Brian presented to Nailsea councillors several options and added to the Nailsea People Facebbook page: "As I said to the Bristol Post reporter who first publish the story it’s very early days. 
"I am speaking with the relevant parties. 
"Nailsea Town Council , North Somerset Council and the owners of the shopping precinct owners to come up with a viable solution that will work for everyone including Nailsea residents.
"It needs to work for everyone or it just sits there for another 10 years.
"Regarding the library , there are plenty of large empty shops and ground floor offices in the precinct and to make a scheme viable the library may need to be relocated, access arrangement will be taking into account and I believe would be better than the current arrangement.
"We did have some objections to the development at the Royal Oak but I think the new houses there look really good, designed by O’Leary Goss architects. 
"We shall be using them on this project."


Nailsea Action Group spokesman Antony Evans says residents living on commuter routes are selling up fearing traffic chaos when more homes being built on the edge of the town.

He said: “In the past two years, there has been a large number of houses up for sale along the Clevedon Road in Tickenham which is the main route for traffic from the Nailsea area to the M5.

“At one point there were 20 ‘for sale’ boards up.

“Similarly, in North Street, Nailsea, at the bottom end of Engine Lane, there have been many houses for sale in recent weeks.

“I suggest that this a direct consequence of the current and prospective traffic flows along these roads."

At a recent town council planning committee meeting in a public forum on Zoom a West End resident said using the Tickenham road was preferable to using a ratrun through their hamlet or Chelvey.

Mr Evans added: “Nailsea Town Council published a Vision For The Town back in 2018, but this either needs formulating into a plan of action in order to achieve the aspirations of that vision, and/or a co-ordinated strategic overview and lay-out of how the ingredients will fit together and in what sequence in order to avoid a continuation of piecemeal, hand to mouth planning.

“In the next year or two it is likely, for example, that the south-west corner of Nailsea will be wrapped round by new housing developments, and the green open spaces lost for ever thereby:

  • 168 off Youngwood Lane in the first phase, possibly rising to 450 in subsequent phases; and

  • 54 south of The Uplands and 171 houses off Engine Lane.

“Nailsea Town Council has always opposed the development on Youngwood Lane, but the government inspector’s judgement that planning can take place there effectively overrules this and North Somerset Council’s original opposition.

“As to The Uplands the voting to recommend building was 4 for, 6 against, and two abstentions.

“In 2016, by a very tiny majority (a casting vote in fact) the town council voted to sell its land off Engine Lane for development.

“The agreed contract, however, has not been concluded yet, and some of the residents claim that, if that does not take place for another couple of years, when inflation is taken into account and certain financial constraints are reduced, Nailsea Town Council would benefit from a significantly increased price.

“What tends not to be considered sufficiently fully is the cumulative effect of these plans.

“This responsibility, it has to be said, does not rest solely at Nailsea Town Council’s door, as it is only empowered to make recommendations to North Somerset Council which, in its turn, can choose to ignore Nailsea’s suggestions.

“This suggests that there is a pressing need for more working together, or more evidence of it if it is already happening, to craft together a plan from the ingredients. “These might include:

  • a realistic assessment of what the housing needs really are and how, where and for whom they are to be met;

  • how many houses will be genuinely ‘affordable’;

  • the impact of the consequential and cumulative effects of increased traffic within, and in and out of the town, and how the infrastructure will be changed to accommodate this;

  • what and where the new local employment opportunities that are supposed to be a condition for new houses in an area, will be;  

  • in the light of the proposed housing developments, how and where better green open space will be provided to make up for the many acres lost – not just putting in a little park within a housing estate; and

  • how the much publicised, and now seemingly relegated, Climate Emergency Plan will be realistically implemented.

“More and more, the importance of green open space is being emphasised locally and nationally, not least for physical and mental health and well-being.

“Portentous proclamations on the matter from governments present and past seem to come to nothing or very little at local level – where the people are.

“Especially now, at this challenging time, it is so easy to say ‘well, what can I do about it?’.

“It is a collective responsibility, so I hope readers of Nailsea People will continue to write, email, discuss and attempt to persuade those that hold the reins of power to act swiftly and together, not just for the people of Nailsea, but also for similarly affected communities in North Somerset, unless we want to see through no one organisation’s particular fault, what seems like continued uncertainty, muddle, blame and buck passing.”

To learn more about the campaigning of NAG clcik HERE.

There's a house for sale

Alice in Wonderland territory, says MP

North Somerset Council has compiled a summary from the Challenges and Choices Part 1 Local Plan consultation.

This goes towards compiling a blueprint for future building in our area.

With plans afoot to increase the size of Nailsea by 3,000 new homes by 2036, hundreds of residents voiced their opinions.

You can read the summary in full HERE.

Contents include its purpose and how it conducted the consultation.

It asked several main questions:

Question 1: What are your hopes and fears about having new development near where you live?

Question 2: What changes over the next 15 years do you think will affect how we need to plan for residents, businesses and communities?

Question 3: Are you concerned that climate change may impact you or your family, business or local community in the future? And if so in what way?

Question 4: How should we plan for how you and your family will work in the future, or the future needs of your business?

Question 5: What sort of types and sizes of houses do you think will be needed for your community in the future?

Question 6: What do you think makes a good community?

Question 7. Do you agree with these suggestions for what sustainable development might look like? Are there any others which are important to you?

Question 8. We have come to value our local footpaths and green spaces more since Covid-19. How can we ensure that future residents benefit from access to green spaces?

Question 9: Should we be thinking about adjusting the Green Belt boundary if necessary?

Question 10: The previous sections set out the six challenges that we feel the Local Plan should address. Are there any other challenges you feel we need to address through the Local Plan?

Question 11: In light of the world we now live in, is this vision still appropriate for the future?

Question 12. Do these reflect your aims, those of your family, community or business?

Question 13: Have we identified the right priorities and are there any missing, which do you think are the most important and why?

The new Local Plan will shape how North Somerset grows and develops in the coming decades.

It will guide housing, jobs and business investment, transport, community facilities and supporting infrastructure in the area until 2038.

Hundreds of comments were received about the 56 sites which have been put forward as potential development locations; North Somerset MP Liam Fox secured a House of Commons adjournment debate on his concern about building in flood plains and residents expressed their fears about traffic levels on roads around and through villages especially Tickenham with a call for a new road between the M5 Junction 20 at Clevedon and Bristol Airport.

Concern was split between pushing ahead with the Local Plan to set new housing targets vs slowing down the process to ensure the draft Planning White Paper outcomes can be fully incorporated.

Some respondents felt that the plan period should be extended and take full account of housing need including Bristol unmet need while some respondents felt that growth isn’t compatible with climate change objectives and full account needs to be taken of the constraints such as AONB (area of outstanding natural beauty), flooding (which may be more pervasive than predicted).

Many found the consultation portal difficult to use and there was a call for more direct engagement and while some welcomed the straightforward language and the way the document was presented others thought it was too long and cumbersome.

The next stage of the consultation is the Challenges and Choices Part 2: Choices for the Future.

Response need to be submitted by Monday, December 14.

You can access the consultation documents HERE.

Nailsea Action Group is challenging plans to build unsuitable housing in the wrong areas and Tickenham Road Action Group has been formed to influence authorities in the development of new road schemes impacting its village.

Taylor Wimpey homes on horizon

Nailsea is due to get 2,575 new homes in the next 16 years and is earmarked for another 725 plus soon after this date.

But exactly where they are going and when is not set in concrete because the latest North Somerset Local Plan hasn’t formally been adopted and still has a way to go.

A consultation ended in September 2020 and more than 60 Nailsea residents voiced their opinions online – it was the usual commuter traffic, social cohesion, fear of rising crime and lack of local amenities arguments.

But while many are conscious they are living in homes built in the 1950-60s on green fields that once surrounded a small Somerset village the thought of thousands more incomers and the loss of even more countryside is a little unpalatable.

However, having said that our shops could do with more customers and our amazing schools do have falling rolls.

What Nailsea has going for it is a fantastic community spirit and its countryside location which no-one wants to jeopardise.

Nearly everyone wants young people to have access to affordable houses that allows them to remain in their hometown but judging by past decisions by planners and developers no one trusts those with the most sway to get it right. Floodplains and protected bats not withstanding!

In the 1970-80s the new roads had no footpaths, it was mostly rows of terraced boxes and nothing much for the new families and youth to do – we even had a New Year riot in the town!

Then they built the five-bed timber-framed Scandinavian homes in Rickford Road which sold in a jiffy and developers realised there was a market for posh places.

The first 2020 planning application to be decided is for 54 houses on land to the south of the Uplands.

Everyone thought it was public open space and even the landowner North Somerset Council describes it as ‘amenity area’ on old maps it is perhaps a little underused especially in the summer when the adders like to bask in the sunshine on the stone walls.

This application comes on top of the approved outline applications for 171 houses for Engine Lane on land owned in the main by Nailsea Town Council and 450 houses on Youngwood Lane all within metres of each other.

Nailsea Action Group (N.A.G.) was established at the end of 2015 originally to promote and protect Nailsea’s rural setting particular at its interface with the countryside around it.  

During the past three years its objectives have broadened into campaigning that, if and when the planned additional 3,000+ homes are built in and around the town, there will be sufficient appropriate and sustainable infrastructure to support them that the working, living and ecological environment is not only protected but enhanced and that there is access to green spaces (especially where much may disappear) to maintain not least the quality of the air we breathe, but also for the benefit of physical and psychological health.

N.A.G supports Nailsea Town Council in its wish for an integrated 'masterplan' for Nailsea's future.

This would include its aim to:

  • re-balance the age distribution of the town's population;

  • utilise long vacated modern buildings in the town centre currently owned by Weston College;

  • seek the development of the long derelict brownfield Coates site; and

  • adjust the Green Belt so that future development can be distributed around the town evenly thereby improving existing imbalances.

NAILSEA PHOTOS: From top proposed housing sites at Youngwood Lane, Engine Lane, bridlepath to The Uplands, The Perrings bungalows, derelict Weston College which was an option for Tyntesfield Medical Centre move

So sticking hundreds of houses on the edge of Nailsea towards Clevedon doesn’t really make sense but the east of the town towards Wraxall is protected by Green Belt.

And while we are on the subject of additional building Linden Homes wish to build 195 homes behind Causeway View between the football ground and Watery Lane and developers have expressed the intention to submit applications to build 600 homes between Clevedon Road and Bristol Road.

Then there is the sloping land to the east of Youngwood Lane at its junction with The Perrings for 14 houses behind the bungalows.

The first of the big detailed planning applications for Phase One at Youngwood Lane and Netherton Wood Lane went to North Somerset Council this week.

It is for 168 dwelling.

So, while we were all worrying about the impact of the 54 new homes at The Uplands and a few more off The Perrings guess what? Taylor Wimpey submitted 80 documents to build 168 dwellings including 50 ‘affordable housing units’ ranging from one bed flats to four bed houses with rent and shared ownership options.

There is a further 282 properties to come in Phase Two and Phase Three with new highways routes and ponds on the farmland off Youngwood Lane/Netherton Lane.

You can download a map of the proposed site showing where the homes and roads are going HERE.

There is a proviso also for safeguarding a future link road to god knows where – M5? Tickenham residents will be pleased but West End(ers) will be worried.

Read more on the North Somerset Council website HERE.

THANK YOU: A happy new owner sends a thank you card and chocolates to staff at Hunters celebrating selling 36 homes in one day through its Yatton office. Call 01275 544477 or email

People to live in green houses

Householders in North Somerset are set to benefit from a new energy-saving scheme.

The government Green Homes Grant can pay at least two-thirds of the cost of home improvements that save energy with a maximum cut-off of £5,000. 

North Somerset Council executive member whose portfolio includes climate change Bridget Petty said: “This grant is a good opportunity for residents to access funding to improve the thermal comfort of their homes, save money and reduce carbon emissions. 

"I would urge residents to act now as the work has to be completed by March 2021; do let family, friends and neighbours know about the scheme and what a great way to contribute to the climate emergency challenge."

Homeowners and landlords can apply for a voucher towards the cost of installing energy efficient and low-carbon heating improvements to their homes, which could help save up to £600 a year on energy bills.

A higher level of subsidy (£10,000) is available for households in receipt of a qualifying benefits and can cover 100 per cent of the cost of the improvements. 

The scheme is administered online through the Simple Energy Advice service at and residents are encouraged to find out about the scheme and the eligibility criteria.

Not all types of work are eligible, so it's really important for residents to check before committing to any work or paying a deposit or other costs. 

Work can only be carried out by accredited suppliers through the Trustmark scheme and the council is warning people to be on their guard against rogue traders who may try to capitalise on the scheme. This could take many forms including making false or exaggerated statements about the value of the subsidy, quality and extent of work covered and say the council will fund the balance.

Mrs Petty, who is the Backwell ward councillor, added: "Don’t agree to work from cold-callers.

“Rogue traders will try to convince you that they operate within the Green Homes scheme.

“They will rush you into a decision and may ask for initial payments up front, perhaps even falsely claiming that they are working for the council or a government agency.

“Don’t let rogue traders mislead you!"

As part of the genuine scheme you will need to obtain your own tradesman from an approved list.

You also need to apply for a voucher and get approval first before getting any work done. The Simple Energy Advice Service is there to provide help and guidance on this process.

Local plan update

To read in full this first article scroll down

Local people, particularly those aged under 30, are being urged to have their say and join an important consultation being run by North Somerset Council.

North Somerset youth advocate Huw James, aged 24, is the Liberal Democrat councillor for Portishead South ward.

He is calling for more young people to join the Local Plan 2038 Challenges consultation, before the closing date of Wednesday,September 2.

The new Local Plan will shape how North Somerset grows and develops in the next 15 years and beyond.

Cllr James said: “This is our future. We need to make sure young people are part of the conversation and proportionally represented in the development of North Somerset’s new Local Plan.

“For a Local Plan to work, it needs to tackle the issues and problems faced by young people. That’s exactly why this first stage of consultation focuses on the challenges the new Local Plan needs to address.

“We need to hear from more of our residents aged under 30, who might not yet have their own home or a family of their own, but will over the next 10-20 years.”

The number of new homes which must be planned for in North Somerset is determined by central government.

Zoom in to have your say

Nailsea Action Group is inviting supporters to a virtual meeting on Thursday, August 20, at 7.30pm to discuss North Somerset’s Local Plan 2038.

The new Local Plan will shape how North Somerset grows and develops in the coming decades. It will guide housing, jobs and business investment, transport, community facilities and supporting infrastructure in the area for the next 18 years.

To join the Zoom meeting go to:…

Meeting ID: 830 2615 7394

Passcode: 893659

Phone +44 203 051 2874 United Kingdom

You can join via your computer or phone using the details above.

The new Local Plan will shape how North Somerset grows to meet these targets, as well as guide the jobs, transport, community facilities and supporting infrastructure required.

The online consultation runs until Wednesday, September 2, at:


The responses received to this summer’s consultation will guide the next stage of creating the North Somerset Local Plan, which will focus on the choices around the location of future development.

To take part go to the link above and look out for updates on the council’s social media.

Final Nailsea flat for sale...

There is just one apartment left to sell on the Bucklands Retirement Living development at Stockway South, Nailsea, built by McCarthy and Stone.

This over 60s complex on the site of the old police station is offering its last unit a two-bed apartment with balcony at £399,950.

Rental and part-buy part-rent options are also available.

Built on the site of the old police station Avon & Somerset Constabulary put a ‘for sale’ board outside the town centre building in September 2014.

Work began on the town centre 22 one bed and 18 two bed apartments in 2017 when the officers moved to new accommodation at Pound Lane.

Pictured is demolition day when the bulldozers moved in October 2017.

McCarthy and Stone South divisional marketing manager Nicki Beswarick said: "Since we first opened the doors to Bucklands it has been a real success story.

"The development has struck a chord with discerning retirees who are looking to make the most of the freedom and independence of their retirement years while also experiencing the quality of life that comes from downsizing within Nailsea. 

“As availability continues to become limited, we are urging all those who are interested in being part of this exclusive Retirement Living community to act without delay and book a visit to Bucklands.”

McCarthy and Stone’s Retirement Living communities are thoughtfully-designed exclusively for the over 60s to provide the very best in modern,

independent living within a safe and secure environment, says the advertising blurb..

Residents at Bucklands can make the most of the beautiful landscaped gardens, knowing all the maintenance is taken care of.

They can also feel secure in the knowledge that the House Manager is on hand to provide any help or support should they need it.

To find out more about Bucklands, please contact McCarthy and Stone on 0800 3100 383 or visit

What's next for Nailsea

While we have been in lockdown developers haven't gone away and now North Somerset Council has relaunched its Local Plan 2038 consultation for people to have their say - however, what notice will be taken we don't know?

For Nailsea the number one priority is to protected our beautiful countryside in a realistic way so that people of all ages can find somewhere to live at an affordable price.

Local people, community groups and businesses are being urged to help shape North Somerset’s future by getting involved in the development of North Somerset Council’s new Local Plan for the area.

The new Local Plan will shape how North Somerset grows and develops in the coming decades.

It will guide housing, jobs and business investment, transport, community facilities and supporting infrastructure in the area until 2038.

The first stage of consultation in the development of the new plan began on Wednesday, July 22, and focuses on the challenges faced in North Somerset and the issues the new plan needs to address, such as the climate emergency and how to provide the right type and number of houses and create new communities.

North Somerset Council executive member for planning and transport James Tonkin who is the independent ward councillor Nailsea West End said: “I know that the idea of growth can be very worrying for people, but this is our opportunity to plan for new homes of the right type, at an affordable price, in the right places, to meet the needs of the people who live here now and in future.

“The new North Somerset Local Plan will shape investment and funding for the infrastructure which will support not only new homes, but also workplaces and community facilities for the next 15 years and beyond.

“There will be many other opportunities to get involved and have your say in future but the time to really influence the development of the new Local Plan for North Somerset is now.”

Engine Lane, Youngwood Lane and The Uplands are all proposed for house building and an idea has been muted for years of a road linking the A370 with the M5.

Some believe a green barrier will be protected between Nailsea and Backwell while others aren't so sure.

Watch the district council video to learn more. 

A full online consultation will run for the six-week period until Wednesday, September 2, at

The online consultation will be supported by regular questions across the council’s social media to spark discussion and encourage feedback.

All replies made on council-run social media profiles will be analysed and added to the online consultation responses.

The responses received to this summer’s consultation will guide the next stage of creating the North Somerset Local Plan, which will focus on the choices around the location of future development.

Trendlewood semi-detached

Beautiful rural 2-bed bungalow

This well presented three bedroom semi detached family home is in the popular location of Trendlewood of Nailsea with good access to local amenities and the trainway station.

The accommodation on the ground floor comprises of a welcoming hall with access to the L shaped living room with dining or study area.

At the rear of the property is a 17ft fitted kitchen with access to the rear garden. On the first floor is the three bedrooms and refitted modern family bathroom suite.

Outside to the front of the property is a lawn area with some mature shrubs/trees, pathway leading to the front door and gated side access.

To the rear the garden is mainly laid to lawn with various flower and shrub borders.

Offered with a guide price of £305,000 for further information click HERE.

A beautifully presented detached bungalow at Downside Road offering well established generous gardens to both the front and rear.

Situated in popular location with easy access to Bristol city centre and Bristol Airport.

This wonderful property offers an entrance hallway, two double bedrooms, modern fitted three piece bathroom, fantastic living room with French doors leading directly onto the gardens, open plan through to a well fitted kitchen/diner.

Outside there is also a single garage and an additional store room/workshop.

Properties in this location and condition are of a rare find. We strongly advise an internal inspection.

Priced at £375,000 for further information click HERE


The conversion of an empty 1960s office block in Nailsea into 56 apartments is nearly complete.

In October 2017 the three-storey building on the B3130 towards Wraxall was sold to property developers for £2 million. See original story here.

Currently the new homes are being advertised at prices from £150,000 for a one-bed and £195,000 for a two-bed flat.

Several of the properties are already sold.

Coates House is on the site of the old cider factory.

Super modern with hi-tech fittings one problem has been some of the new owners have found their removal van heading for the High Street pub – also called Coates House!

We blame lack of local knowledge for the duplication of names like the Bucklands retirement development on the old police station site.

Nailsea has seven places in the town with that name tag

Garages to be replaced with social housing

Council owned garages at French Close, Nailsea, could be knocked down to build new homes.

The 20 garages are owned by North Somerset Council have been rented to residents living in the area.

Now a community-based social housing group want to develop the site for properties to let or buy.

Alliance Homes is holding a site meeting on Tuesday, February 11, from 3-6pm to talk to interested neighbours.

A planning application to North Somerset Council is set to be submitted 'soon' for four three-bed ‘apartments’ and if approved the intention is to start building later this year.

Spokesman Eve Hughes said: “Our scheme has been designed to support and develop the area and careful landscape planning has been included.

And she assured neighbours that once building work begins measures to negate ‘noise and disruption’ would be in place.

Alliance Homes own and manage approximately 6,500 homes and employ 500 staff in the West of England and has an annual turnover of £43 million.

It works in partnership with local, regional and national agencies.

Alliance Homes, formerly North Somerset Housing, were responsible for building nine homes on the abandonned play area off Whitesfield Road which was completed in the summer of 2013.


Extended home with 4 bedrooms

Link bungalow &

no ongoing chain

Hunters is pleased to offer for sale this detached spacious property which has been extended to the rear and will make a lovely family home.

Located in the West End part of Nailsea within walking distance to local amenities.

Not far from neighbouring towns of Clevedon, Portishead and the city of Bristol. 

Nailsea has access to good public bus and train transport.

The accommodation comprises of an entrance hall, WC/cloakroom, living room, dining room and L-shaped kitchen. 

On the first floor there is access to the loft space, four bedrooms and a family size bathroom.

 Outside, the front has a well kept lawn, mature hedging and trees, a driveway has parking for up to three cars which leads to a single garage and the rear enclosed garden offers a greenhouse, garden shed, outside tap, patio area, well kept lawn with an array of flowers, shrubs and trees. EPC D this North Street property is on the market for £415,000.

Viewing is strongly recommended.

For more information click HERE.

This well proportioned staggered 'link detached' bungalow offers two double bedrooms and large lounge/dining room.

There is a utility room off the kitchen which is fitted with a range of wall and a window overlooking front garden.

It is located a short walk to Nailsea town centre with all local shops and amenities including library.

The west facing enclosed rear garden is not only of good size but also offer a high degree of privacy with direct access to the garage.

Offered with no ongoing chain we would highly recommend a viewing of this Coombe Road property.

For more information click HERE.


Doctors for sale

Planning permission to knock down Brockway Medical Centre and build flats has been giving the go-ahead.

Three years ago, Brockway Medical Centre along with Nailsea Family Practice based at Towerhouse and the surgery at Long Ashton merged to become Tyntesfield Medical Group.

North Somerset Council gave outline permission for the demolition of existing medical centre and erection of a three-storey building containing eight apartments at the end of January.

This means the doctors can sell Brockway and look to relocate.

Word on the street strongly suggests it will be onto part of the old Weston College site – where it originally began life.

The new 15 partner strong practice was formed to look after the primary health care needs of 31,000 people.

But as executive manager Lawrie Lewis explained in the page-long letter posted on the wall at 8 Brockway in August 2019: 'We recognise that the current facilities of Tower House and Brockway medical centres, situated just a few hundred metres from each other, would not in their current form be able to meet the anticipated increase in demand and we are therefore exploring our options to expand...'.

It is a long way from when in the 1980s the late Hugh Davies and his new partner Robin Lambert made the radical move across town from the purpose-built health centre near the library to the converted private house.

This was because of an expanding population and with more proposed building the doctors are again looking to the future.

However, the solicitors next door at Clifford House which lies at the back of Bargain Buys store, the outline planning application to replace its accommodation with a three-storey apartment building was refused.

Within the 'design and access statement' for Clifford House is said '...directly adjacent to the application site is the Brockway Medical Group...we have been commissioned to submit a similar planning application for this site...'.

Once the ‘commercially confidential’ negotiations are finalised in a letter to patients Mr Lewis said: “Within the next couple of weeks I am confident we will be able to share with you’re the details of any plans to put Brockway up for sale.”

To read full text of two letters available to patients see below.

No M5 link to A370 or B3130?

Two North Somerset villages are seeking urgent clarification about road proposals they feared are still part of future highways plans for the district.

North Somerset Council is proposing the adoption of a revised JLTP4 as an interim Transport Plan in conjunction Bath & North East, Bristol, Gloucester South and North Somerset councils.
The proposal was put to the North Somerset executive committee this week and received approval for debate and review at the full council meeting on Tuesday, February 18.

James Tonkin who is planning and transport executive and ward councillor for Nailsea West End said: “There have been 3,500 amendments and edits to this document which include removal of the link road from the M5 at Clevedon to Nailsea and Backwell since it was published.”

If approved the JLTP4 it will then be put to the West of England Joint Committee on Friday, March 20.

But Backwell and Tickenham villagers are still concerned.

A steering group from Tickenham Road Action Group fear increased traffic thorough the village and intend to address the next parish council meeting to highlight concerns.

The revised JLTP4 is published on the Travelwest website HERE.
TRAG say: “Although there are some good initiatives to support the Climate Emergency, public transport and multi-modal transport it is disappointing to see that the link roads from Nailsea and Clevedon to the B3130 are still in the plan.”

Its concerns include:

  • The JLTP4 is based on projected demand from the JSP (which is now defunct);

  • Traffic analysis/impact was based on the Strategic Development Areas (as part of the JSP) and did not consider existing traffic volumes; and

  • Any additional traffic volume through the village will exacerbate safety and environmental concerns

During the coming days we will review the documentation carefully and prepare our input to the full council meeting, said spokesman Bruce Campbell.

Anyone with observations should email  

TRAG is also urging villagers to complete a Travel West survey HERE to ensure walking and cycling safety in Tickenham can be improved.

Bruce said: “Sadly, I can’t find any developments in the proposals that will improve walking and cycling access for Tickenham village.

“As Clevedon Road is extremely busy and the road and pavements narrow, safety is a primary concern for many residents when considering walking or cycling as an alternative to using the car.

“It would be great if we had a good response to this survey to strongly voice our concerns.

“You have until Sunday, March 15, to complete the survey.”

And in Backwell it is feared the link road next to Backwell Lake, the multi-level car park at Nailsea & Backwell Station and the possible closure of Station Road is still there.

Lorraine Hopkinson said: “I have no idea why this document, when it is so clearly linked with the JSP (which has been proven to be unsound) is still standing,

“I understand it is separate to the JSP and is a West of England Combined Authority (WECA) document, but why are North Somerset Council looking to adopt it, when it is so fundamentally flawed.

“I honestly don't think we can let this go through without ensuring NSC understand the strength of feeling that still exists in Backwell regarding all of these ludicrous proposals.

“Remember 600+ Backwellians gathered round Backwell Lake to make our voices heard against the plans to turn Backwell in to a transport hub and destroy our beautiful lake and wildlife. “

She urged villagers to petition councillor Bridget Petty by email at to reiterate their feelings.


Nailsea Action Group outlined its latest strategy for proposed house building in the town at its annual meeting.

Its well-attended fourth annual meeting at The Whiteoak Academies of Hannah More infant and Grove junior schools was on Thursday, January 23.

Nailsea Town Council plans for Engine Lane in junction with work by the National Grid is being monitored and NAG has attended the now abandoned JSP hearings and Youngwood Lane appeal.

Updates included:



Following rejection of the plan by government inspectors in summer 2019, North Somerset Council have stated their intention to withdraw from the plan and continue to develop their own Local Plan.


Works for the National Grid Hinkley Point connection commenced at the start of January 2020 throwing the original development timetable for housing on this land into doubt.



The residents have worked very hard to try to establish the land to the south of The Uplands as open green space through North Somerset Council and the Ombudsman, but this has not been successful. The land remains in the Sites Allocation Plan and 50 houses are intended to be built there by a consortium of Bath and North-East Somerset and North Somerset Councils. It is not clear whether planning permission will be needed however, a successful application for a woodland preservation order, rather than individual tree reservation orders) was made for the ancient woods at the east end of the land to the south of The Uplands, and a fully documented application for official registration and recognition of the footpaths/ways that have been used for decades has been lodged. NAG will be watching developments closely.



Linden Homes wish to build 195 homes behind Causeway View between the football ground and Watery Lane.  The land in question is currently subject to multiple ownership and is low lying which could significantly delay the builders' intentions.


Developers have expressed the intention to submit applications to build 600 homes between Clevedon Road and Bristol Road.


To read reports in full click HERE.or go to NAG website - link top.

Nailsea Action Group planning 'our' future

Planning has been a hot potato in Nailsea since Somerset County Council earmarked the village for thousands of new homes back in the 1960s.

And the conflict continues in 2020 with thousands more home in the pipeline for this North Somerset community which boasts below average crime statistics, great schools and beautiful countryside close to city and coast.

Its population was record in 1954 as nearly 3,000 and whereas it was 16,546 in 2001 census and dropped to an estimated 15,477 last year.

SCC had all those years ago decided Nailsea would grow to 20,000.

Nailsea Action Group will be talking about some of the current planning issues affecting the town at its annual meeting on Thursday, January 23, at 7.30pm at The Whiteoak Academies of Hannah More Infant and Grove Junior schools.

On the agenda is North Somerset Council's proposed withdrawal from the Joint Spatial Plan (JSP), the district and town council’s declaration of a ‘climate change emergency’ and the proposal by Nailsea Town Council for ‘town green’ status for open space off The Perrings.

Other issues likely to come up are the saga of building on farmland at Engine Lane originally earmarked for 183 homes in December 2017 and now reduced to 171 - see image top.

When this goes ahead Nailsea Town Council is likely to net a cash windfall of millions.

However, National Grid has encroached on the land for its underground cables to link to Hinkley nuclear power station link and now 12 fewer properties will be built.

Barratt Homes was due to start building homes on the site in September 2018.

Nailsea Town Council clerk Jo Duffy said: "National Grid has insisted on a permanent easement over their cables of 16m in width for the full length of the cable that runs through the development land.

"This means that no building can take place within this zone and as a result, 12 houses have been lost."

Nailsea Town Council agreed to sell the land to Barratt Homes in December 2015 to attract more families and to provide affordable homes for people in the area.

Nailsea has an ageing and declining population and while it has an abundant of nursing/care homes and sheltered accommodation mostly in the town centre there is limited new homes at prices they can afford for younger people.

Mrs Duffy added: "Nailsea Town Council continues to work with the developer, Barratt Homes, on behalf of all the landowners to seek to satisfy the conditions to the planning approval for the land that was granted permission in December 2017.

"The town council is disappointed it is taking so long to deliver the planned homes.

"The delay is as a result of the time it has taken National Grid to finalise its designs for the cables that are being laid underground between Nailsea and Portishead.

"The landowners, collectively, are still in contract with Barratt Homes to develop the land.

"It is not an option at this time to withdraw from the contract.

"A specialist consultant has been appointed to prepare a case for compensation for loss against National Grid and this work is ongoing."

Drainage tests for 50 new homes at The Uplands is currently underway - see photos below.

Despite an appeal to the ombudsman building on this site is likely to happen this year.It has been made possible by £557,000 funding from Homes England providing 30 per cent of the housing is deemed ‘affordable’.

In November 2019 MacTaggart and Mickel Homes won permission on appeal for a ‘garden city’ of 450 houses on a nearby 24 hectacre site also at The Uplands.

This was after the Planning Inspectorate found North Somerset Council had failed in its statutory duty to identify a five-year housing land supply.

Nailsea is particularly vulnerable to developers while no Local Plan is in place.

Estate agent on the move

Hunters estate agents (not to be confused with Hunter Leahy further along the road at 71) has closed its Nailsea branch.

Nailsea People has been told it will still sell Nailsea homes from a central hub in Portishead.

It was in the summer of 2018 that director Richard Van De Velde took the Heritage businesses at Nailsea, Portishead and Yatton into a franchise and re-branded his offices.

Hunters, which opened its first office in York in 1992 and its first franchising branch in 2006, now has a network of more than 200 branches nationwide.

Richard said at the time: "The rebranding will allow us to offer numerous additional benefits to our existing Heritage Estate Agents customers as well as prospective new ones, and that’s something we’re delighted about.

"Particularly when it comes to technology, marketing and training, operating under the new blue brand of the group is a move that will add a whole new dynamic to our service offering.

"Hunters has a strong nationwide presence and excellent reputation, so we’re delighted to come on board."

But no-one foresaw the closure of the re-storey Nailsea office which was re-modelled back in 2011 after a major fire which cost more than £250,000 to repair.

All sales and rental valuation should now be directed to Hunters Estate Agents and Letting Agents at 46 High Street, Portishead, or call 01275 840600.

Rumours are that a planning application for flats for 104 High Street is likely to be submitted.

Market forces

According to Rightmove last year most property sales in Nailsea involved detached properties which sold for on average £439,720.

Semi-detached properties sold for an average price of £294,045, while flats fetched £267,724.

Nailsea, with an overall average price of £343,419, was similar in terms of sold prices to nearby Portishead (£352,514) but was more expensive than Clevedon (£320,909) and cheaper than Long Ashton (£436,655).

During the last year, sold prices in Nailsea were similar to the previous year and five per cent up on 2017 when the average house price was £327,869.

Detached 4-bed family home

Super semi + conservatory

Hunters is pleased to offer for sale this detached property situated in a private cul-de-sac.

The accommodation comprises and entrance hall with the bonus of a ground floor cloakroom, 16ft lounge with a feature fire place, fitted kitchen which leads to a separate dining room with a conservatory to the rear.

On the first floor is the family bathroom and four bedrooms with the master bedroom having fitted wardrobes.

To the front of the property is a lawn area with a drive to the side providing of street parking and access to the garage.

The rear garden has a patio area leading to a raised lawn.

Enclosed on all sides with side access.

For more details of the Beech Close home offered at £375,000 OIRO click HERE

Well presented three bedroom semi detached home situated in a prime location close to local amenities with a traffic free frontage and the advantage of a garage to the rear.

The accommodation offers an entrance hall with stairs rising to the first floor and access to the lounge.

The lounge is of front aspect with a feature fire place and double doors opening to the separate dining room which in turn leads to the conservatory and fitted 11ft kitchen.

On the first floor is a refitted family bathroom and three bedrooms with the third bedroom having a built in bed frame.

Outside to the front is an open lawn area and side access to the rear garden which is mainly paved and enclosed on all side.

There is rear access to a parking bay and the garage.

For more details of this Nightingale Gardens property priced at £280,000 OIRO click HERE.

Back to drawing board

North Somerset Council has decided to go-it-alone and pursue its own blueprint for future building after a joint bid for approval was thrown out by government planning inspectors this summer.

Following feedback from the Planning Inspectorate, the unitary authority is recommending withdrawal from the Joint Spatial Plan process in favour of developing its own Local Plan to set out the strategic planning framework for the area over the next 15 years and beyond.

The draft JSP was developed by the four West of England councils as THE document to guide sustainable development across the area until 2036.

But following a process of examination in public over the summer, the Planning Inspectorate has recommended that the plan is not progressed.

Being ordered back to the drawing board put into turmoil proposals on where to build 105,000 new homes across the West of England.

One of the reasons why it was thrown out is because North Somerset Council wanted to plonk two new settlements in countryside at Banwell and Churchill.

The inspectors’ key criticism of the plan involved the way that 12 main locations for new housing developments were selected.

The 12 'strategic development locations' across the four local authorities included Thornbury, Charfield, Buckover, Yate, Coalpit Heath, Brislington, North Keynsham, Whitchurch, Nailsea, Backwell, Churchill and Banwell.

Plans to build three new ‘garden villages’ in South Gloucestershire and North Somerset were among the most contentious aspects of the plan.

All of the other proposals were extensions to existing cities, towns and villages.

Before drawing up the JSP which said what and where homes can be built across the region planners need to consider whether the area has good public transport links and opportunities for local employment.

The draft didn’t come up to scratch and the local authorities for Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset were ordered to start again – in the politest possible terms.

Opting out

This has now been countered by North Somerset Council to want to withdraw from the process and this idea will be considered at a full council meeting on Tuesday, January 7.

The proposed new Local Plan will cover a wide spectrum of development, not just that of building homes.

It will also explore employment space, transport infrastructure, town centres, shops, leisure facilities and open spaces.

Nailsea West End ward councillor James Tonkin, who is North Somerset Council executive member with responsibility for planning, said: “Let it be clear, it’s not the council’s intention simply to dust off the proposals of the failed JSP and represent them in a new form.

“The Local Plan is a key document which will eventually become an overarching planning policy that guides development across our area.

“It’s vitally important that we get it right and we’ll be inviting residents and other partners in the New Year to get involved in the creation of the document.

“We must all recognise that the need to provide more homes, employment and infrastructure hasn’t gone away.

“We’ll need an honest conversation about what our community needs, now and in the future and we’ll need to ensure that all sections of our community are listened to, not just those with the loudest voices.

“Our priority is to deliver sustainable growth in a way that best meets the needs of our community. We’ll need to listen to the arguments, look at the evidence and try to make the best decisions we can.”

The announcement of the planned opt-out prompted this statement by the West of England Combined Authority: ‘WECA remains committed to working with the four West of England councils on the best way forward for the region to positively address its strategic planning needs. WECA and the councils will be jointly commissioning a refresh of the strategic evidence base. North Somerset Council will present a report to a meeting of the full council on January 7, 2020, to seek approval for the withdrawal of the Joint Spatial Plan. Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire councils are each expected to make a decision on the JSP at their future full council meetings, although dates have yet to be confirmed.’

Before North Somerset decided to opt-out the joint planning approach by the four West of England councils was a first in the UK to take into account the impact that development in one area has across council boundaries and was supposed to will sit above and guide each councils' own Local Plans.

Nailsea Action Group AGM


Nailsea Action Group 2020 annual meeting is on Thursday, January 23, 7.30pm at the Grove Junior School, Whiteoak Way. NAG was established at the end of 2015 originally to promote and protect Nailsea’s rural setting.But since its formation with no JSP or Local Plan in place Scottish company Mactaggart & Mickel have secured planning permission to build 450 homes to the north of Youngwood a ‘garden city’. During the past three years NAG objectives have broadened into campaigning that, if and when the planned additional 3,000+ homes are built in and around the town:

  • there will be sufficient, appropriate and sustainable infrastructure to support them;

  • that the working, living and ecological environment is not only protected but enhanced; and

  • there is access to green spaces (especially where much may disappear) to maintain not least the quality of the air we breathe, but also for the benefit of physical and psychological health.

Draft minutes from the 2019 AGM can be found HERE.


Try living next to countryside

Extended home at heart of town

A well presented family home situated on the edge of Nailsea enjoying countryside views to the front aspect.

This excellent property offers ample living space for the whole family to enjoy and includes living room, modern fitted kitchen, separate dining room and conservatory.

The first floor has four good size bedrooms with the master complete with en suite shower room and a family bathroom.

Outside enjoys pleasant rear gardens, parking and a single garage.


For more details of this Parish Brook Road, Nailsea property priced at £390,000 click HERE.

Extended detached property offering good size versatile accommodation situated in a prime desirable location within Nailsea not too far from local amenities.

Located toward the end of a cul-de-sac with pathways leading to the local schools and town centre this property is a must view.


For more details of the Ash Hayes Drive home click HERE. Nailsea 

Builders £1M bounty

Developers will have to contribute a million pounds towards improved infrastructure to build nearly 500 new homes on the west side of Nailsea.

North Somerset Council had already given itself permission for 50 ‘flatpack’ houses on land it owns at The Uplands and now a planning inspector has said Mactaggart and Mickel Homes Ltd can build a further 450 dwellings next door.

It was the council’s inability to meet government rules by identifying building land that led to the developers not waiting for district councillors to decide but going straight to appeal.

The 24 hectares in question is north of Youngwood Lane and east of Netherton Wood Lane and abuts the existing south-west edge of Nailsea.

To help you visualise size think:

  • 24 international rugby pitches; or

  • 48 double-decker buses, parked together with no gaps, would cover a hectare of ground; or

  • 24 times Trafalgar Square.

With the ‘core strategy’ public enquiry abandoned early this year there was nothing in place to save this green space.

Inspector DM Young ruled ‘the key fact is that the NSSAP (North Somerset Sites and Policies) has failed to deliver a five-year supply of deliverable housing land in North Somerset even in the short term’.

And he said ‘the area to the south-west of Nailsea’ could ‘accommodate 2,575 dwellings’ before 2036 and another 725 after that.

However, this housing estate will represent the first major development to be build in the area for 20 years since The Elms, which is technically in Wraxall.

Future plans also include a link from the A370 to M5 and new local centre for Nailsea.

Mr Young dismissed consideration of fauna and flora at this stage given the submitted ecology reports and he thought ‘despite some intensification’ existing rural roads ‘would continue to operate well within capacity’.

However, he ordered the developers to contribute £326,414 to improving public rights of way between ‘St Mary’s Grove and The Perrings, The Perrings-Backwell Lake and Youngwood Lane-Station Close‘ and a contribution of £650,000 towards having a bus service diverted to serve the new housing estate. And £95,000 to improve the junctions at North Street/Hanham Way/Queens Road and Station Road/Queens Road.

The development will include 30 per cent affordable housing.

Mr Young concluded that the ‘appeal site is located in an accessible and sustainable location on the edge of Nailsea with a good range of shops and services. There would be a comprehensive package of footpaths, cycleway improvements which would facilitate car-free trips to the town centre and Nailsea & Backwell railway station’.

To download the appeal decision letter click HERE.

NB: Decision letter has an error as it refers to south-east of Nailsea not south-west

Detached home in prime locale

Hunters are pleased to offer for sale this four bedroom detached property, situated in a prime location and not too far from the town centre 

One of the advantages of this property is just a short walk across the green and you would be in Millennium Park where you can take a stroll or let the children play.

The property is presented in good condition throughout with the accommodation comprising a welcoming hallway with access to the ground floor cloakroom, L shape lounge with a study area, double doors opening to the dining area with patio, conservatory with electric blinds and a kitchen with a utility room.

There is a nice sized first floor landing with built in storage cupboard and doors leading to four bedrooms and a family bathroom.

There is then a bonus shower room to the master bedroom.

To the front of the property the drive provides off street parking for a number of cars and access to the double garage.

The front garden is mainly laid to lawn and to the rear of the property is the enclosed garden with a patio area leading to the lawn, various flower and shrub borders.

To the side of the property is a further garden area and access to the front of the property and garage.

EPC C this Briar Close home is on the market for £525,000.

For more information click HERE.

Nowt for Nailsea as councils share building windfall

Extended home with 4 bedrooms

We are pleased to offer for sale this detached spacious property which has been extended to the rear and will make a lovely family home.

Located in the West End part of Nailsea within walking distance to local amenities.

Not far from neighbouring towns of Clevedon, Portishead and the city of Bristol. 

Nailsea has access to good public bus and train transport.

The accommodation comprises of an entrance hall, WC/cloakroom, living room, dining room and L-shaped kitchen. 

On the first floor there is access to the loft space, four bedrooms and a family size bathroom.

 Outside, the front has a well kept lawn, mature hedging and trees, a driveway has parking for up to three cars which leads to a single garage and the rear enclosed garden offers a greenhouse, garden shed, outside tap, patio area, well kept lawn with an array of flowers, shrubs and trees. EPC D this North Street property is on the market for £425,000.

Viewing is strongly recommended.

For more information click HERE.

Nailsea has benefitted zilch from the monies paid by housing developers in the past six months because nothing new has been built.

The village of Yatton got the most – nearly £50K with nothing showing for Nailsea.

Communities in North Somerset stand to benefit directly from developer payments to address the pressures of housing growth.

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) was introduced by North Somerset Council last year.

Developers are required to pay the levy to help fund the cost of infrastructure such as schools and transport improvements.

This is like the old section 106 orders where house builders had to contribute to roads and public amenities.

North Somerset Council takes 85 per cent of the cash with just 15 per cent of the money going to the town or parish council where the development takes place.

This increases to 25 per cent if the council has an adopted neighbourhood plan.

The rest is retained by North Somerset to spend on infrastructure to support development.

The fund is expected to build up year-on-year for the first few years.

Payments are made to town and parish councils every six months and the latest payments made this month are the biggest yet totalling £107,424.

They include:

  • Yatton – £49,324.82

  • Weston-super-Mare – £24,615

  • Winscombe and Sandford – £13,464.69

  • Locking – £11,491.59

  • Backwell – £2,740

  • Pill and Easton-in-Gordano – £2,233.79

  • Wrington – £1,250.37

  • Kewstoke – £1,167.96

  • Congresbury – £673.32

  • Banwell – £400.80.

Town and parish councils can spend the money as they choose, providing it is for some form of infrastructure to support development.

North Somerset Council executive member for planning and ward councillor for Nailsea West End said: “ I’m delighted to see this money going direct to communities to support them in providing new infrastructure for the benefit of their residents.

 “It’s entirely right that communities should benefit first-hand from this funding which can make a significant difference at local level.”

Earlier this summer North Somerset Council allocated £114,000 of its own CIL to help meet the costs of a new primary school in Yatton, where there has been substantial housing growth.

The council expects to commit more of its funding to similar projects during the next few years and will publish an annual report each year detailing the income and how it has been used.

In North Somerset the Community Infrastructure Levy applies primarily to retail and residential developments and the rates vary according to the size, location and type of development.

There are exceptions for affordable housing and properties being built for the owner’s own use (for example house extensions) as well as for charitable projects.

There is no charge on employment or community buildings.

Further guidance on the CIL can be found at

Rural home set in huge garden

Neat 3-bedroom detached home

Hunters Estate Agents are offering for sale this four bedroom detached property requiring some modernisation, benefiting from a paddock of approximately one acre.

This is to the rear side of the property, which can be seen from the house and has the advantage of its own access to the side.

Set in the village of Tickenham with countryside views to the front and rear of the property yet still within easy access to Clevedon or Nailsea which offer a versatility of shops, leisure activities and commuter links.

The accommodation offers good size rooms which are light and airy but also offer versatility depending on what you may want to use them for.

Currently it comprises of an entrance porch to the rear that gives access to the main hall, ground floor cloakroom, 21ft living room, separate dining room, 24ft kitchen breakfast room, inner lobby which leads to a 17ft games/sitting room and a study.

On the first floor is a good size landing with a window providing views, main bedroom which has access to the balcony, 13ft second bedroom, two further bedrooms.

Both bedrooms have views and there is a family bathroom with a bath and separate shower cubical.

Outside to the front of the property is a patio leading to a lawned garden, driveway to the side of the property giving access to the garage and rear garden.

The rear is mainly hard standing to provide parking with a raised top patio and a green house to the side.

To the right side of the property is a single lane giving access to the land at the rear.

For further information and price click HERE.

Situated in a prime location of Nailsea is this three bedroom detached property with the advantage of two reception rooms.

The property is well presented and viewing is strongly advisable.

The accommodation comprises of a welcoming hallway, ground floor wc / cloakroom, fitted kitchen, 17ft lounge with a separate dining area that has access to the garden.

On the first floor is a good size landing with a recess area and double storage cupboard, three bedrooms and a family bathroom.

Outside to the front of the property is a lawned garden with various flower and shrub borders, a drive way giving access to the garage and providing off street parking.

To the rear of the property there is an enclosed garden with a full width patio area which leads to the lawn.

For further information and price click HERE.

No Engine Lane homes until 2023

Statement from Nailsea Town Council:

'The building of new homes on the land at Engine Lane is dependent on the installation, by National Grid (NG), of new 132kv underground cables around the edge of the land.

NG’s appointment of a contractor to undertake these works was dependent on the decision to proceed with the Hinkley Point C power station, which itself was delayed.

National Grid appointed their contractor earlier this year and preliminary works have commenced around the town.

NG have confirmed that work on laying the cables between Nailsea and Portishead will commence in January 2020.

NG have advised that the works should be complete by July 2021.

This will include the testing of the installation and the reinstatement of the land.

Barratt Homes’ plan is to commence their preliminary works on the site from August 2021 with house building following on later in the year.

Subject to the progress with sales of the houses the completion of the whole development is expected to be by the end of 2023.

Nailsea Town Council will keep residents updated with progress as it is made.'

Jo Duffy

Nailsea Town Council clerk

September 20, 2019

Multi-million pound care home sale

A Nailsea care home has been sold for nearly £7 million.
Impact Healthcare REIT paid £6.95 million for Argentum Lodge which is a purpose built, 56-bed care home off the roundabout on Silver Street and Stockway North.
Nailsea People understand contacts were exchanged this week.
Impact Healthcare REIT issued a statement saying: “Argentum Lodge is a purpose-built nursing home located in the affluent village of Nailsea, approximately 10 miles to the south west of Bristol.
“The Group has agreed to appoint one of its existing tenants, Welford, as the new tenant of Argentum Lodge, which will leave Welford operating five homes for Impact with a total of 230 beds. 
"The terms of the new 25-year full repairing and insuring lease with Welford for the home are the same as the Group’s existing leases with Welford.
“The acquisition further enhances the Group’s geographic and tenant diversification and is in line with its investment criteria and returns profile.
“The Group continues to pursue a number of further acquisitions with a number in exclusivity and has a strong pipeline of potential investment opportunities.”
Among its lease holdings Welford operate two homes in Kingswood for Impact Healthcare REIT which is a healthcare property investment trust with a large portfolio of 'UK real estate assets'.

Welford will pay an initial rent to be £467,000 for the lease. 
Argentum Lodge opened in June 2013 and in January 2018 is was told to improve in two areas 1) responsive and 2) well-led by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) although it got top marks in the 3) safe, 4) effective and 5) caring sections.

Country cottage with character

Semi detached great location 

This is certainly one to view if you are looking for a good size detached cottage set in a semi rural location at Backwell.

The property offers a wealth of charm and character including features fire places.

The ground floor offers a welcoming entrance porch that leads to multiple receptions rooms that could offer versatility depending on your use.

The current owners use the three main reception areas as a formal dining room, sitting room which leads to the garden and a snug to the front of the property.

At the rear of the property is a kitchen cooking area with steps leading to the kitchen breakfast area that is all open plan.

Off this room is the rear boot room which is handy for those rainy days and the ground floor cloakroom.

On the first floor is four double bedrooms with the master bedroom having an en suite, second bedroom with a wash room and then there is a refitted family bathroom to service the other two bedrooms.

To the front of the property is a stone driveway providing a feature front garden, recess parking bay for further parking or larger vehicles, access to the gated side garden and garage.

To the side of the property is the formal garden which the owner has landscaped with feature flower beds and mature shrubs, there is a well aged cherry tree which offers plenty of charm.

To the rear across the lawn is a secluded summer house and to the side of the lawn is a paved BBQ entertaining area screened with hedging.

To the rear is a double garage with twin up and over doors plus a further stone hard standing parking area to the side.

For further information and price click HERE.

Well presented three bedroom semi detached family home situated in the popular location of Trendlewood which gives good access to local amenities and not too far from the train station.

The accommodation on the ground floor comprises of a welcoming hall which gives access to the living area being L shape to provide a dining or study area.

At the rear of the property is a 17ft fitted kitchen with access to the rear garden. On the first floor is three bedrooms and refitted modern family bathroom suite.

Outside to the front of the property is a lawn area with some mature shrubs/trees, pathway leading to the front door and gated side access.

To the rear the garden is mainly laid to lawn with various flower and shrub borders.

There is a full width patio, enclosed on all sides with a pathway leading to the rear gate giving access to the garage.

The single garage is accessed through an up and over door.

For further information and price click HERE.

DEMO: The two neighbouring Nailsea properties looking for planning permission to demolish and build apartments

Radical plans for surgery

Pinning a letter on a noticeboard in the Nailsea surgery to tell patients the doctors want to knock down the premises for redevelopment probably isn't best practice from one of the top GP surgeries in North Somerset.

Three years ago, Brockway Medical Centre along with Nailsea Family Practice based at Towerhouse and the surgery at Long Ashton merged to become Tyntesfield Medical Group.

The new 15 partner strong practice was formed to look after the primary health care needs of 31,000 people.

But as executive manager Lawrie Lewis explained in the page-long letter posted on the wall at 8 Brockway: 'We recognise that the current facilities of Tower House and Brockway medical centres, situated just a few hundred metres from each other, would not in their current form be able to meet the anticipated increase in demand and we are therefore exploring our options to expand...'.

It is a long way from when in the 1980s the late Hugh Davies and his new partner Robin Lambert made the radical move across town from the purpose-built health centre near the library to the converted private house.

This was because of an expanding population and with more proposed building the doctors are again looking to the future.

To date nothing is set in stone and the anticipated outline application 'to explore possibilities' has yet to be posted on the North Somerset Council planning portal.

However, the solicitors next door at Clifford House which lies at the back of Bargain Buys store have submitted an outline planning application to replace its accommodation with a three-storey apartment building.

And within the 'design and access statement' it says '...directly adjacent to the application site is the Brockway Medical Group...we have been commissioned to submit a similar planning application for this site...'.

That is, demolish Brockway and built flats.

To read more about the plans click HERE.

On the Nailsea People Facebook page the comments came thick and fast when we broke the news.

Janet Harris sadi: "I suppose we will all have to go to Tower House.

"Such a shame I always find Brockway to be such a helpful surgery."

Vicki Moore said: "There’s a letter in the surgery to say that they’ve outgrown the building and can’t expand any more so are looking to sell the land for building and build a new doctor’s surgery elsewhere in Nailsea."

Debbie Jenkins said: “This is ridiculous, it’s a lovely surgery and as people are saying where are we going to go in the meantime if another surgery isn’t built before demolition?”

Stephen Morten thought it ‘outrageous that patients were not informed’ by letter.

And Chris Perry would like a new medical centre combining Brockway and Tower House with a dental unit at Scotch Horn and building a new leisure complex at Grove Sports & Social Club.

Liz Williamson said: “What more flats, not impressed.”

Patricia Adams said: “Oh for goodness sake - why can't they leave the few historic bits of Nailsea alone?”

After reading all the online Facebook comments Mr Lewis said: “It is good to hear people’s feedback on the planning application.

“Please be aware that information about the planning application for Brockway was first made public by us having posted, in both the medical centre and on our website.”

UPDATE: The outline planning application for 8 Brockway Nailsea, to demolition the existing medical centre and the erection of a three-storey building containing eight apartments has been posted online by North Somerset Council planning department. Proposals include associated bin and cycle storage and car parking. You can read it HERE.

Digging for ancient remains

A team from Wessex Archaeology accompanied by a large digger have moved onto Shepstone Fields looking for ancient artefacts.

A spokesman said they have found some items but were unable to confirm the date or significance of the finds.

Controversial plans by two charities to build between 20 to 40 homes on Miss Shepstone’s field off Trendlewood Way have been raging for years.

In December 2018 an outline planning application was submitted for 24 houses to North Somerset Council.

The dig is part of the planning process to determine whether building can go ahead.

The 3.14-acre field was bequeathed as recreational land to charities Brunelcare and St Peter’s Hospice following the death of Mary Shepstone, aged 95, in 2001.

The land had been given to Miss Shepstone by her father William who built many of the houses in the Bucklands Batch and Bucklands Grove area more than 100 years ago.

It currently fenced off and looks like scrubland with a small copse.

Its designation from a community amenity in the North Somerset Local Plan was changed to ‘suitable for small scale residential development’ for up to 30 houses some time ago.

It is understood if planning consent is granted both charities will sell off the land to a developer.

There is an old coal mine shaft in the wooded area which is home to badgers and foxes.

Trendlewood vicar Steve Tilley said back in 2016: “My predecessors and I have made countless enquiries as to the purchase of the land to make some community facility available - a meeting place for clubs, societies, fairs and, of course, the local Church of England church.

“A small 'village' hall would be a facility in which the church would be committed to invest.”

A council senior archaeologist said, ‘it is a matter of record that there is potential for medieval and post-medieval remains could be buried on the site’ and its World War 2 air raid shelter ‘holds an element of local history’.

Fragments of pottery from the 13th century were been found in a trial dig.

Back to drawing board for planners

The plans to build 105,000 homes across the West of England have been thrown into disarray as councils have been sent back to the drawing board.

But any sigh of relief in Nailsea and Backwell that these two communities won’t see more massive house building is temporary.

Why? Because the idea of North Somerset Council to plonk two new settlements at Banwell and Churchill is fundamentally flawed.

Before drawing up the Joint Spatial Plan which says what and where homes can be built across the region planners need to consider which areas have good public transport links and opportunities for local employment.

This week planning inspectors looking at the JSP told the local authorities for Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset to start again – be it in the politest possible terms.

None it seems put a strategy in place first but picked places on the map without working out how people would get to work or whether there was any work in the area.

So, where does that leave Nailsea and Backwell – well vulnerable.

The original idea was for Nailsea to get nearly 4,000 new homes and Backwell a further 700 within the next 20-30 years.

Developers have their eyes of much of the countryside surrounding Nailsea with, it is said, options with landowners, included in their sights are plots at Engine Lane, Youngwood Lane, The Uplands, Causeway View, north west Nailsea and a field at Trendlewood.

With a good bus service, railway station and lots of green fields and a few brown field sites it is no good saying ‘you can’t build it here’ especially without the protection of a legally binding long-term strategy.

The Bristol Post reported that ‘planning inspectors Malcolm Rivett and Steven Lee were tasked with deciding whether the plan was sound and legally compliant and could be adopted straight away or needed modifications first’.

Instead, the inspectors concluded they had “significant concerns” about fundamental aspects of the plan and advised the four councils to withdraw it.

In a letter dated August 1, Mr Rivett and Mr Lee wrote: “We think it only fair to advise you that we currently consider that withdrawal of the JSP from examination may well be the most appropriate way forward.

Hearings cancelled

“We envisage that, overall, a very substantial amount of further work on the plan needs to be undertaken.”

Further hearings expected to take place in September or October will be cancelled.

The inspectors’ key criticism of the plan involved the way that 12 main locations for new housing developments were selected.

The 12 'strategic development locations' across the four local authorities included Thornbury, Charfield, Buckover, Yate, Coalpit Heath, Brislington, North Keynsham, Whitchurch, Nailsea, Backwell, Churchill and Banwell.

Plans to build three new ‘garden villages’ in South Gloucestershire and North Somerset were among the most contentious aspects of the plan.

All of the other proposals were extensions to existing cities, towns and villages.

Mr Rivett and Mr Lee said they were not convinced that the four councils had considered 'reasonable alternatives' when selecting the strategic development locations, so they could not be certain that the locations and the overall spatial strategy had been determined on a 'robust, consistent and objective' basis.

“We therefore cannot conclude that these fundamental aspects of the plan are sound,” they said.

The inspectors said that they had warned the councils of their concerns shortly after the plan was submitted in April 2018.

Despite extra evidence submitted and the arguments put by the four councils at last month’s hearings, 'our significant concerns' remain, they said.

“We seriously question whether the production of even more evidence, as opposed to going back several stages in the plan-making process, would be likely to address our soundness concerns,” they wrote.

“It might be appropriate to consider developing a high-level strategy for the plan area which, not based on specific SDLs, identifies how housing employment and other development should be broadly distributed.”

The inspectors said they would be sending another letter to the councils setting out their concerns in more detail by mid-August.

During the hearings, critics accused the four councils having predetermined ideas about where they wanted to put new housing and taking an inconsistent approach.

Three authorities chose sites within the green belt but North Somerset Council did not.

The councils told the hearing they had consulted extensively and were satisfied that their approach was consistent.

Councils 'extremely disappointed' as plans for 105,000 homes cause inspectors 'significant concerns'

The plans have been more than five years in the making

You can read the full content of their letter HERE.

Lovely home for first time buyer

Big, beautiful country home

Well presented two bedroom property backing onto countryside with the advantage of off street parking in front of the garage.

It also benefits from being an end plot offering not only a good size rear garden but also an extra usable front garden.

The accommodation comprises a welcoming hallway with access to the kitchen located at the front of the property and to the 16ft lounge at the rear of the property which has patio doors to the garden and views towards the countryside.

On the first floor is the bathroom and the two bedrooms with the master bedroom having panoramic views to the rear.

Outside to the front of the property is the garage and parking with a pathway leading to the front entrance.

The front garden has a lawn and vegetable plot area with an abundance of various flowers and shrub. Side access leading to the rear garden.

The rear garden is enclosed on all sides with a patio leading to the lawn area with surrounding flower and shrub borders.

For further information and price click HERE.

This is a truly deceptive village property which needs to be viewed internally to fully appreciate the work done to create a stunning home.

Set in Tickenham and surrounded by North Somerset countryside this detached home offers a wealth of charm.

From the front door a welcoming hallway runs through to the rear of the property which has been extended and refurbished.

Here you will find the main living area with dining area, study/entertaining space with bi-fold doors leading to a private garden.

One step down to the refitted 22ft kitchen with quality gloss units and integral appliances is the utility room and an open plan breakfast area.

At the end of the kitchen there is double access to the garden with door to the side leading to the main patio area and then double doors leading to the upper garden area.

Off the hallway is a separate sitting room, two double bedrooms, low light shower room with refitted suite and versatile 10ft room which is current used as a wardrobe/dressing room.

On the first floor is a large L-shape bedroom with separate seating area, walk-in wardrobe and Juliet balcony.

There is a further door leading to an en suite with bath and separate spa shower.

A second large bedroom with views to the front of the property has walk-in wardrobe,12ft en suite and double seated spa shower.

Outside to the front is a sweeping driveway, access to the garage and off-street parking for a number of vehicles.

The rear garden is split into sections with full width entertaining patio, outside studio summerhouse, feature barked area and lawn terrace with a mature tree.

For further information and price click HERE.

WARM CLIMATE: A debate climate change on Thursday, July 11, all welcome

Game on, but it's not tennis

Well it has begun - planning people are looking at the blueprint for building in North Somerset and adjoining counties for the next 20 years.

The West of England Joint Spatial Plan stage one hearings began this week.

It is estimated 85,000 new homes are needed in the West of England area by 2036 with Nailsea earmarked for nearly 5,000 not to mention the roads which appears to allocate a duel carriageway running through Backwell Lake!
The independent planning inspectors responsible for examining the West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) on behalf of the Secretary of State will undertake the next stage of their examination in the form of two stages of hearings held in public at the Guildhall, Bath .
The four West of England Councils - Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol City, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire - submitted the JSP to the Secretary of State in April 2018 for examination.

The JSP sets out the policies and principles for determining the most appropriate and sustainable locations for future development, in order to meet the region’s housing, employment and transport needs through to 2036.

This plan will sit above and guide each councils’ own Local Plans.
Since its submission, two independent planning inspectors were appointed by the minister to conduct the examination, to determine whether the Joint Spatial Plan complies with existing laws and regulations and that it meets the regional growth needs.
The hearings will be carried out in public and those who commented on the JSP in the past two previous consultations have been invited to speak.

Each session is scheduled to run between 9.30am-1pm and 2-5.30pm each day. 
Stage one of the hearings began on Tuesday, July 2 and ends on Friday, July 5. It reconvenes on Tuesdayl July 9 until Friday, July 12.

Stage two of the hearings is from:

  • Tuesday to Friday, September 17-20;

  • Tuesday to Friday, September 24-27;

  • Tuesday to Friday, October 1-4; and

  • Tuesday to Friday, October 8-11.

Information relating to both stages of the hearings can be found online by clicking HERE. 

New on Nailsea High Street

Fine & Country estate agents looks like it is sharing space with Hunter Leahy at 71 High Street. The upmarket 'realtors' boast offices in more than 300 locations worldwide and can now add Nailsea to its prestigious addresses which include Park Lane, London. Pictured below is the Mayfair branch while right is the Nailsea office.

Glassworks Mews

Progress from start of 2018 to June 2019 is in a slideshow on this Property Peeps page by scrolling down to nearly the bottom.

Before this date there are more photos in Gallery 2017 which show work from the beginning.

It was more than two years ago multi-million plans to develop the old garage next to the Royal Oak pub were unveiled to Nailsea Town Council.

The first slide show in Gallery 2017 is the land covered in rubble.

The development is located at the east end of Nailsea High Street adjacent to the Grade II listed Royal Oak Public house.

The area once formed part of a large glass manufacturing complex, established in 1788 and a scheduled ancient monument.

Now partially built over, what remains survives as underground archaeology, low level ruins and the former Royal Oak Garage building.

The garage is excluded from scheduling under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 and the conversion and refurbishment of the derelict Royal Oak Garage into 10 family houses and a commercial unit facing the street followed.

Key to the project is the retention of the existing stone walls from the garage building, and the removal of the later steel angle truss and asbestos cement roof.

The overall form, roof pitch and height has been maintained in the redevelopment of the new houses many of which have been sold or are under offer.

Who will be moving into the commercial unit facing the road has been the subject of much spectulation but has still not been revealed.

New homes plan for Nailsea field

A controversial outline planning application has been submitted by two charities to build 24 homes on Miss Shepstone’s field off Trendlewood Way, Nailsea.

The 3.14-acre field was bequeathed as recreational land to charities Brunelcare and St Peter’s Hospice following the death of Mary Shepstone, aged 95, in 2001.

The outline application will be discussed by Nailsea Town Council on Wednesday evening, February 27 as part of its highways and planning committee meeting but the final decision will be made by North Somerset Council.

The land had been given to Miss Shepstone by her father William who built many of the houses in the Bucklands Batch and Bucklands Grove area more than 100 years ago.

It currently is fenced off and looks like scrubland,

Its designation from a community amenity in the North Somerset Local Plan was changed recently to ‘suitable for small scale residential development’ for up to 30 houses.

In the past the land has been subject to a several proposals for development, including building up to 40 homes but nothing ever happened.

Restrictions placed on the site regarding access have been lifted and resolved after the charities sought legal advice.

Of the proposed new homes on the site 30 per cent would be social housing.

The wooded area of the site would remain protected under a tree preservation order.

It is understood if planning consent is granted both charities will sell off the land to a developer.

The highways and planning committere meeting at the Tithe Barn which starts at 7.30pm will also discuss the Joint Local Transport Plan 4 2019-2036 and its impact on Nailsea.

FOR RENT: A two-bed upstairs flat with own ground floor entrance and spacious understairs storage is for rent in Nailsea High Street. The newly decorated flat has an open plan kitchen, dining and living space and is above Beauty Incorporated & Nailsea Foot Clinic. There is also a shower room but no parking. £700 pcm. Deposit and references required. Contact Anne Walton-Davies on 0774 030 5735.

MODERN SEMI:  A three-bed semi-detached home at Bruton Close, Nailsea, is on the market for £300,000 with Yopa. This spacious and attractive family home which has undergone extensive refurbishment in recent years and is presented to a high standard throughout. A number of the neighbouring properties have extended over the years, subject to the required consents this could also be possible if additional accommodation is required. The house is located in a quiet cul-de-sac within the popular Perrings area of Nailsea and id within walking distance of infant, primary and secondary schools and shops. For more information click HERE.


Our green and pleasant town

There isn't a field surrounding Nailsea that isn't within the sights of a property developer, the annual meeting of Nailsea Action Group (NAG) heard on Thursday, February 7.

That is with the exception of the countryside abutting The Elms towards Wraxall which is Green Belt and therefore building restrictions apply.

But Nailsea Town Council in its vision for the future wants a Green Belt review as it would like development to be in the direction of Bristol.

NAG is opposed to any large-scale development which would damage our rural landscape including taking valuable recreation land for housing and is concerned about even more commuter traffic clogging both the A370 into Bristol and the network of narrow lanes linking the villages of North Somerset.

More than 50 Nailsea residents attended meeting at the United Reformed Church Hall including North Somerset and town councillor James Tonkin and fellow town councillor Mike Bird.

Mr Tonkin said after the meeting: “Surprisingly many in the audience were in favour of limited development around the town including the Engine Lane residents.

“Until our infrastructure is sorted I would be against any further building past the 1,000 new homes that are allocated up to 2026 – it’s a no-no.”

Coupled with involving younger people in its aims, NAG was anxious to lose any NIMBY image, the meeting heard.

Chairman Matthew Thomas in his written report said behind the scenes NAG has been busy scrutinising all planning applications for Nailsea and environs, liaising with action groups in nearby villages and parish, town and district councils.

An abridged version of Mr Thomas' report on different sites is published here.

While NAG remains opposed the proposal to build on the land to the west of Engine Lane it does support Nailsea Town Council in its wish to utilise the long disused buildings adjacent to the library for housing. 

He said: "We also support the council’s aspiration for an overall comprehensive plan for Nailsea’s development, rather than piecemeal with little or no proper consideration for infrastructure.

"During 2018 very little new material was presented in the Joint Spatiial Plan’s name, but much paperwork generated by re-iterating previous documents particularly for referral for the JSP consultation period which closed in January this year.

"As you would expect NAG made its contribution to this consultation as it did for that for the North Somerset Local Plan which ran almost concurrently – so a busy run-up to Christmas for us all.

"Once the consultation closed in January, the four council's began to produce a key issues report, which will include consultation comments received and a short response from the councils.

"All these will be circulated to the government Inspectors of the plan.

"The inspection was scheduled to take place this coming Spring, but is now likely to be later in the year.

"One of the newer documents in the JSP suite is the Non-Technical Summary of the West of England Joint Spatial Plan Sustainability Appraisal which highlights many of the aspects of Nailsea’s situation quite clearly, namely:

  1. The new town expansion will be remote from all existing town facilities and so will require an extensive community infrastructure package;

  2. It will not be currently well-located in relation to employment, retail or public transport, though there may be potential for growth;

  3. But resumed housing growth will address demographic imbalance in Nailsea resulting from past expansion;

  4. There is an existing station and an opportunity to improve links to Bristol with MetroBus;

  5. There are significant ecological sensitivities in relation to bat flight corridors;

  6. Landscape and heritage sensitivities, requiring high quality mitigation but little detail yet available;

  7. Loss of high-grade agricultural land, with no apparent scope to avoid through design; and

  8. Low flood risk generally but complex surface water issues yet to be resolved affecting biodiversity and drainage.

"Overall there seems to be a lot ‘yet to be resolved’, and, in that regard, it is hard to reconcile much of the so-called plan with the word itself – ‘plan’.

"The transport topic paper for Nailsea is interesting as it identifies Nailsea several times over as being one of only a few areas where significant mitigation is needed to resolve foreseen transport difficulties, but also concedes that there are no plans for such and indeed in some instances, no mitigation is possible.

"This is worrying and is certainly an issue that NAG will be taking up during the inspection hearings later this year."

NAG has undertaken no fundraising in 2018 and its bank balance stands at £190.

The following officers were re-elected: chair Matthew Thomas, vice-chair Antony Evans, secretary Tracey Thomas, treasurer Adam Kelly and committee: Helen Ellis, Reis Braganza, Dave Grey.


In December 2017 North Somerset Council gave Barratt Homes planning permission to build on the land to the west of Engine Lane. NAG chairman Matthew Thomas spoke against the plans. It was far from a unanimous vote by the district councilors. Since then, officially, very little has happened, as the process has been held up by several factors. First. National Grid intend to underground the cable that currently runs on pylons to the west of the site, and the route for this travels across and around the site. One of the conditions of the planning permission is that NG must complete their work before any site development takes place. NTC hoped that would be during 2018, but the process has been delayed possibly by issues related to the Hinkley Point development. A NG contractor is/was scheduled to have been appointed last year and the latest we know is that this should take place this month. NTC say that it is hoped that NG’s work will be completed so that house building can begin late this year. Lest it be thought otherwise, this electricity supply is not just a small cable but one which requires a deep trench to be dug that is five metres wide with additional easement and access of a further 7.5 metres each side, so 20 metres wide in all. Secondly, another condition stipulates that no development can take place until the rugby practice pitches to be built on have been replaced by land further down Engine Lane, under which also, incidentally, will run the new electricity cable. For these to be properly fit for play, time has to be allowed for the ground to settle, and to be filled, possibly twice. Conditions can always be got round or indeed changed by mutual agreement. For example NG might decide to route their line to the west of the building site nearer the current pylon route, and/or Sport England and Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club could agree to waive the playability condition in exchange for some other temporary arrangement or even cash. NTC was rightly very insistent that there should be a significant proportion of ‘affordable’ housing included by Barratts in the plan. Quite apart from what ‘affordable’ means in practice, it is said that Barratts are expressing concern at the quantity agreed (as in NTC’s mixed housing policy, which, by contrast to some areas of the country is quite modest and not more than the national understanding of the minimum percentage.) It is probable that, if Barratts wanted to reduce this, the town council would find it very hard to accept. It is not clear at this stage the degree to which the Joint Spatial Plan which proposes at least 2,500 further dwellings to the west of the Engine Lane site, might affect the development of the Engine Lane site by Barratts. It is interesting to note that, currently, the estate’s access roads show two cul de sacs which end with a potential way through to open countryside in the JSP area. Nailsea Town Council’s official line is that building will begin before the end of this year.


MacTaggart and Mickel Homes submitted plans for 450 houses on the site in 2016. NAG circulated flyers in the surrounding area and submitted a detailed objection. After lengthy exchanges for information between North Somerset Council and the developers, the decision date was delayed until May 2018. During this time, part of the site was included in North Somerset’s Site Allocation Plan for 170 houses. North Somerset Council did not reach a decision on the application by May 2018 but stated that they were against the plans on the basis that they would 'undermine the coordinated planning and extension of Nailsea envisaged by the draft Joint Spatial Plan and emerging North Somerset Local Plan'. The developers have appealed on the basis that no decision was made by the decision date and the appeal is scheduled to be held in September 2019.


As you will know, and sad to confirm, the Uplands site is firmly included in the NSC SAP with a rider that ‘road widening will be required’.  Our little ‘Uplands Group’ appealed to the Ombudsman to support us against this decision on the basis that the long-term planning and Public Open Space history of the site should have protected it from housing development. However, the Ombudsman has cursorily dismissed our complaints on the basis that; 'the local plan was approved by the Planning Inspector by January 2017 and the Local Government Ombudsman cannot question the merits of that plan'.  He also pointed out that 'the Ombudsman has no legal power to question the merits of the Local Plan in the absence of a fault by the Council, nor to question the merits of the Planning Inspectorate to confirm the soundness of the Local Plan'. Consequently, the Ombudsman has refused to investigate the complaint 'as there is no evidence of fault by the Council'. Presumably, the council’s next step will be to grant itself planning approval to construct 50 dwellings on the site. We have no details of what sort of properties are planned but NSC has publicly stated that it is forming its own construction company and seeking to undertake the development in partnership with Bath & North East Council which already has such a company.  It is also reported that the properties will be of a pre-fabricated type. Meanwhile, the ‘Uplands Group’ has lodged an application with NSC to formalise a number of recognised tracks that cross the site. This application was made some 18 months ago but due to the heavy number of footpath applications that have been lodged throughout North Somerset it is unlikely to be resolved any time soon. However, where there is a threat of imminent development on a site there is mechanism for seeking the promotion of an application up the batting order. We will be pursuing this.

North Nailsea

Developers called Land Value Alliance have an interest in the land north of Nailsea between Clevedon Road and Bristol Road. Last year they asked the council for an opinion as to whether an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was required prior to the submission of a planning application. The council said that an EIA was required. The rules of the planning system require developers to ask this question before they submit a planning application. Nailsea Town Council would prefer development in the north and east of the town as commuting to Bristol would be easier from that side of town. However, the development would be in Green Belt and so is unlikely to be permitted as things stand.

North West Nailsea

For more than 20 years, a stretch of land at North West Nailsea has been allocated by the council for housing but nothing has been built there.  From the football ground at Fryth Way the land extends south, behind Causeway View, to Watery Lane and North, behind Godwin Drive, to the bend in Pound lane that overlooks Tickenham Church. The council have set a maximum of 450 homes but will not permit any building until the pylons have been removed as part of National Grid’s plan to upgrade the pylons and move them further away from the edge of town. Linden Homes have an interest in the land behind Causeway View, south of the football field and in 2017 they asked the council for an opinion as to whether an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was required. The council said that an EIA was 'not required'. When Linden Homes asked this question the report in the local press said that Linden Homes were preparing a planning application to submit to the council by the end of that year (2017). However, we wouldn’t expect a full application to be submitted until National Grid’s plans for pylon replacement becomes clear.


Background Information: Two charities own the fields through a legacy from a previous owner. The Sites Allocation Plan has proposed up to 30 homes to be built here. To date no planning application has been submitted.

Current Situation: They have employed a firm of solicitors (presumably at some considerable expense) to remove certain covenants from the deeds of neighbours. Residents offered to deal directly with the charities, thus saving them considerable expense. This offer was rejected. There are other issues that need addressing and we are awaiting some clarification. Amongst these is the future management of a small woodland area which is protected by a Woodland Preservation Order.  Wildlife issues also need clarification - six species of bats (including two protected species) and various other wildlife species in the woodlands).

Coronation Street star shopping at Waitrose Nailsea

Guess who we talked to while shopping in Waitrose Nailsea on Wednesday evening, February 6?

Looking very glamorous despite her advancing years it was Thelma Barlow, aged 89, the English television actor and writer, most famous for her roles as Mavis Wilton in the long-running ITV soap opera Coronation Street and as Dolly Bellfield in the sitcom Dinnerladies.

Thelma who hails from Middlesbrough in Yorkshire was in North Somerset to help her long-standing friend and Nailsea town councillor Phil Barclay, 92, move house.

Phil will be one of the first residents in the newly completed McCarthy and Stone retirement complex called Bucklands built on the old police station.

Oh and Thelma chose the supermarket ironing board despite Phil’s protests that it wasn’t the one he wanted!

ANY BETS FOR FINISH DATE? Lots of construction workers on site but the November deadline of first people moving in has long gone. Some Nailsea people don't like the new build but we think its miles better than the tatty old police station which once stood on the site...

JOINED UP THINKING: New roads/links under consideration for Nailsea and nearby January 2019

Nailsea property market old and new end of 2018

Goodness knows where they are going to build next in Nailsea and Backwell but some decisions will be made in the new year.

Nailsea is going to get nearly 4,000 new homes and Backwell a further 700 within 20-30 years.

Several protest groups have been campaigning to save our countryside from more concrete covered green fields.

But that decision is already set in stone with a government-imposed fait accompli which just leaves the nuts and bolts of the accompaniments to discuss/debate and/or consult – type of homes, exactly where they are going, new roads, schools, shops and jobs.

‘New Town’ Nailsea of the 1970s-early 1990s when bored teenagers with nothing much to do has sadly metaphorized into ‘Old Town’ Nailsea dominated by senior citizens and sheltered housing complexes.

Nailsea Town Council want to use land at The Causeway and is calling for a Green Belt review – a dangerous move to fulfil some of the new building obligation.

It sold land at Engine Lane to Barratt Homes for 183 houses in the hope of providing some ‘affordable’ homes.

And while no-one has ever determined what is ‘affordable’ the development is likely to be delayed while National Grid decide the size of its trench for underground cables.

The government definition of affordable housing states it must be provided at a level at which the mortgage payments on the property should be more than would be paid in rent on council housing, but below market levels.

Um. Clear as mud.

One mortgage lender said that repaying £200,000 over 25 years would cost £1,228.17 per calendar month and total repayments would be nearly twice the original amount borrowed at £368,451.

The former Clevedon Road council semi recently auctioned with a guide price of £200,000 sold for £226,000 in November although it did have a possible building plot on the side.

The field at the entrance of Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club has just gone on the market for a cool £1.4 million.

It has outline planning permission for six dwellings with access approved and is being sold by formal tender by DJ&P Newland Rennie at its Wrington office.

The deadline for bids is noon on Tuesday, January 15.

The prices at the scaffold covered High Street conversion of the original Coates House offices are said to start at £160,000 for a one-bed.

A developer bought the property for £2 million two years ago.

So what next – The Uplands?

Mactaggart and Mickel Homes has lodged an appeal after North Somerset Council failure to decide its outline planning application to build 450 homes north of Youngwood Land and east of Netherton Wood within the statutory time limit.

The appeal will be heard during a six-day inquiry which will begin on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

North Somerset Local Plan

North Somerset Council has confirmed it would have refused the application, stating the development was ‘premature’ and would ‘undermine the coordinated planning and extension of Nailsea envisaged by the draft Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) and the emerging North Somerset Local Plan’.

A report prepared for the appeal states: “Given its location and relationship to proposals for development and strategic transport options being considered for Nailsea, the effect of developing this important site will be so substantial that to grant permission for a housing scheme at this stage will undermine the plan-making process and will predetermine decisions about the scale, location, phasing, infrastructure provision and distribution of development to the south west of Nailsea central to the draft JSP.

“The proposal has the potential to predetermine and prejudice future sustainable development at Nailsea and therefore undermine the planning, delivery and sustainability of one of the strategic development locations identified in, and central to, the JSP.”

Nailsea is earmarked for 2,575 new homes over the next 20 years, with another 725 possible after 2036.

The North Somerset Times reported that Nailsea Town Council is keen for new houses to be built to boost the area’s population, but it is also calling for a masterplan to prevent piecemeal development and a lack of infrastructure.

North Somerset Council will prepare evidence for the planning inquiry to show that the proposal would be ‘prejudicial, premature, and harmful’ to the strategic development proposals emerging though the JSP as well as the North Somerset Local Plan.

Meanwhile a Portishead councillor told the Bristol Post that ‘flat pack’ home funded by a government grant of £557,000 could see the first 50 new homes go up there.

North Somerset Council executive member for asset management Councillor David Pasley said: "This type of scheme sees modular houses constructed off site.

"The funding will allow us to prepare the site at The Uplands and put in all the infrastructure needed such as access roads and services.

"The individual plots would be prepared ready for the homes to be constructed.

"Developing in this way means that the homes will literally go up in front of our eyes and bring much needed new homes to the area.

"There is a real need for affordable homes in Nailsea."

A timescale for the development is yet to be agreed.

But criteria attached to the funding states that once building begins, work must be completed within a year.

The agreement also states that the funds need to be spent by March 2021.

Mr Pasley added: "Profits from the developments will be split and we estimate that it will bring in an estimated £6 million in revenue for North Somerset.”

The land at the Uplands, which lies next to Grove Playing Fields, is included in the local plan for housing.

Public comment on the North Somerset Local Plan 2036 closed this week, we wait with baited breadth to learn what the residents have to say.

Meanwhile the upmarket Royal Oak Mews and Bucklands sheltered homes are being offered for sale...

First residents move in November 2018

Sixty per cent of the flats being built by McCarthy & Stone in Nailsea town centre have been reserved off-plan.

The price of the properties range from a  one bed apartments starting at £247,500 and two-bed apartments from £352,500.

This is more than was muted at the information day held in June.

It seems a long time ago the site at Stockway South was once where our police station stood.

The development will provide 22 fully equiped one bed and 18 two bed apartments all with fitted kitchen and shower room plus communal areas and a guest room for overnight family and/or friends.

Owners will also have to pay £50+ a week charge for management fees and maintenance in addition to community tax and 'own' apartment electric heating costs.

Heating for the communal areas is covered in the weekly charge.

The 40 apartments on four floors in the centre of town will be 'home' to approximately 80 residents from November this year.

The McCarthy & Stone's Retirement Living development also has a lift to all floors and on-site house manager during the day time.

For further information call 0800 201 4811.

FOR SALE: A beautiful detached five-bed home at Whiteoak Way, Nailsea has just come on the market for offers in excess of £500,000. A triple aspect sitting room, separate dining room and kitchen/breakfast room complete the downstairs and upstairs the master bedroom boasts an en suite bathroom with four further beds and a family bathroom on this floor. Outside is a generous driveway with ample off street parking and the double garage has an automatic up and over door. For further details click HERE.

FOR SALE: Yopa is pleased to offer this spacious and light three bed semi detached home at Dunster Gardens, Nailsea. The property is well presented throughout and has a recently refurbished kitchen. It also benefits from a garage and paved garden. Ideally this house would suit first time buyer, downsizers or investors.The property is offered with no onward chain for offers in excess of £295,000. Click HERE for further information.

Housing windfall for district council

North Somerset Council is to net £6 million by selling land it owns for housing including a plot for 50 homes at The Uplands, Nailsea.

The district council is to discuss its plains to develop this land plus a site at Downside Portishead at a full council meeting on Tuesday, September 25, starting at 6pm.

North Somerset Council has invited Bath and North East Somerset Council to join them on the proposed developments by entering into a joint venture arrangement.

Bath and North East Somerset Council has already established its own housing and development company to develop, deliver and manage construction.

By working collaboratively, North Somerset Council can move much more quickly to deliver two local housing schemes than if it were to have to wait to establish its own equivalent development company.

The proposed arrangement between the two councils is that North Somerset Council would provide the land and financing for the developments while Bath and North East Somerset Council would provide the project management services through its established housing and development company.

The profit from the sale of the homes built would then be split between the two councils.

Early feasibility work indicates that North Somerset Council could receive up to £6m from the combined land value and share of the development’s profit.

The sites at Nailsea and Portishead, along with two further sites in Weston-super-Mare and Clevedon, would provide about 158 new homes between them.

  • A much larger proposal by builders Mactaggart & Mickel to develop land to the north of Youngwood Lane for 450 homes is still in contention but likely to be shelved;

  • Nailsea Town Council has a vision for our community which you can read about HERE. A public meeting has been organised for Friday, October 12, at 8pm at Scotch Horn Centre; and

  • To read more about sites under consideration click HERE.

PATH WAY: This sturdy ramp on the footpath from The Perrings, Nailsea, to Backwell Lake was paid for 50:50 by North Somerset Council and Nailsea Town Council at the instigation of NSC senior access officer and public rights of way team leader Elaine Bowman

POLICE STATION SITE: Sheltered housing is nearly completed on this town centre development at Stockway South by McCarthy & Stone the retirement housebuilder

September newsletter

YEOMEAD: A three bed well presented semi detached family home in Nailsea is offered for sale my Yopa at a guide price of £325,000. The property is located on the edge of town close to open countryside. The property offers a generous accommodation. Planning permission (now lapsed) was previously granted for an additional bedroom above the garage. For more details click HERE.

Six month delay on planning blueprint

This could be our winter of discontent with the planners when the public will be able to see what they have done so far with the consultations to bring thousands of new homes to Nailsea and Backwell.

The four West of England Councils, Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, will give residents, communities and others an opportunity to comment on additional information to be provided to the Independent Planning Inspectors who are currently examining the draft Joint Spatial Plan (JSP), which will guide the region’s growth until 2036.

The JSP was submitted to Government in April this year for an examination process to confirm that the policies and plans drawn up over the past three years meet statutory requirements.

On behalf of the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, two Independent Planning Inspectors are following a process to test the work done by the local authorities to ensure that the JSP is fit for purpose and fulfils their legal obligation to produce a ‘sound’ plan.

The Inspectors have requested additional information from the councils in relation to Sustainability Appraisal (SA) and Habitat Regulation Assessment (HRA), as well as requesting clarification and further evidence within other technical work areas, including transport.

The councils will therefore run a six-week consultation process in November and December this year to give people the opportunity to see the information that will be provided and to make comments on it.

That feedback will be passed to the Inspectors to consider as they prepare for the next phase of their assessment of the JSP.

This will mean that the public hearings part of the examination process which had been anticipated to take place this autumn is now expected to take place around mid-May 2019.

Speaking on behalf of the four West of England councils, Bob Goodman,of BANES said: “We are really pleased that the inspectors are working constructively with us and that we have a broad timetable to work with”

“We want this process to be thorough and take into account all the relevant information and we want people to be able to scrutinise that information and make their views known. The more people understand about this process the more they will be able to have an input.”

“As a result of the Inspectors request for more information, for public consultation on that information, and for them to be able to fully consider the detail, the councils will work with the Inspectors to commence the Examination in Public (EiP) hearing sessions from the middle of May 2019.”

The draft JSP and supporting evidence went to the Independent Planning Inspectors in April 2018.

All the information submitted to and correspondence between the four West of England authorities and the Inspectors is published online at

LANGPORT GARDENS: Yopa are pleased to offer an attractive four bedroom family home within walking distance to the highly regarded local schools and the town centre. The property is presented to a high standard throughout and also benefits from a generous south facing rear garden, driveway and a garage. On the first floor there are four bedrooms. The master bedroom  overlooks the rear garden, there is also a range of fitted wardrobes and an en-suite shower room. With a guide price of £340,000 click HERE to read more.

Developers target Station Road site at Nailsea, again

Developers have been trying to demolish a small bungalow and build houses at 60 Station Road, Nailsea, for nearly a decade.

The latest planning application by Rollo Homes for five detached houses on the site has been recommended for refusal by Nailsea Town Council.

The town council say it has ‘not altered from previous applications and it continues to support the conclusions of planning inspectors who rejected previous applications on appeal’.

In a submission to North Somerset Council is says:


  1. The application would harm the character and appearance of the area;

  2. The application would have a negative impact on the neighbouring properties with regards to overlooking, loss of light and surface water runoff; and

  3. It has concern over the access to the site creating a dangerous situation for road users and pedestrians on a school route.


The previous rejected application sought permission to build three houses.

Neighbours say the land is a ‘natural green corridor from Trendlewood Way through to Nowhere Woods and the nearby playing fields’.

Rollo Homes is the developer behind the scheme for the Royal Oak garage which is nearing complexion.

Planning agent Kit Stokes said: "As the developers agent I would like to express a counterpoint. 

"Rollo Homes are indeed the owners of the site, and is a local developer who live in the locale who are doing a fine job of redeveloping the Royal Oak garage site. 

"They have owned this site for more than 10 years. 

"This reapplication for five houses has been submitted because of a change in planning policy planning circumstances since the appeal in 2008.

"The site was previously protected as green space under ECH/1 of the Local Plan because it was ‘private open space’ with some amenity value. 

"The rules for local green space changed in 2012 when the Nation Planning Framework introduced stricter tests for Local Green Space. 

"The garden at 60 Station Road didn’t meet these tests and the ECH/1 allocation for the site was removed in the review of the local plan.

"The site is located within the settlement boundary Nailsea and the large rear garden is therefore a suitable and preferable location for development provided normal problems are addressed - trees protected, ecology protected, safe access and parking complied with.

"North Somerset Council has actually identified the site as suitable for 17 houses as part of the Housing Supply Statistics (NSC Housing and Economic Land Supply) but this is not feasible with the protected trees on the site.

"Rollo Homes is currently working with the district council to amend the layout to ensure that the mature trees can be safeguarded and to ensure that the site visibility onto Station Road is maximised.

"We are hoping that this low density proposal for five family houses strikes the balance between reflecting the local character and optimising the development of a site where children can walk to school, the train station and shops maximising this potential is far more sustainable than building in the open countryside."

Home for sale at The Elms

This lovely 4-bed property at Yeo Valley Way, Wraxall, is on the market with a guide price of £575,000.

For sale by Yopa this spacious detached family residence is situated in the popular Bryant Homes development on the periphery of Nailsea.

The property has been extended and now offers four reception rooms which include a study and a music room/play room.

Interest in The Elms has never waned since the properties were built and due to the position of this attractive home, interest is expected to be high.

The property is also a short walk away from Nailsea town centre and local amenities.

Nailsea is close to coast, city and countryside with excellent transport links.

Within Nailsea, there are a number of High Street and independent retailers including Waitrose and Tesco supermarkets, banks, coffee shops and a leisure centre.

Nailsea also offers highly regarded schooling at infant, junior and secondary levels, the property is mere minutes from the Ofsted rated 'outstanding' Golden Valley Primary School.

Nailsea School in the town centre is 'good' and has a new dynamic head teacher in Dee Elliot.

The next door village of Backwell has an 'outstanding' comprehensive school and a railway station which allows for mainline connection to Bristol Temple Meads and London Paddington.

For those looking to travel further afield, Bristol Airport is a mere five miles distant and offers regular flights to Europe as well as a number of internal flights.

To read more click HERE.

High Street changes

Lots of changes in Nailsea High Street this week.

The treasure trove which is Beautiful, at 132 High Street, an emporium of vintage and designer ware is closing.

Owner Sandi MacDonald broke her knee a few weeks ago and has been in a thigh to ankle splint ever since impacting on her mobility.

So, it is with great reluctance, she has decided after 14 years to hold the closing down sale.

She said: “It is sad as I have loved every minute of running this shop.”

We have loved you too Sandi.

Nearly opposite the health food shop Holland & Barrett, at 87-89 High Street, has just completed a refit and further down Heritage the estate agents have been re-branded.

Heritage, at 104 High Street, opened in 2000 and will now be known as Hunters joining more than 200 branches throughout the country of which 11 are owned and 191 franchised.

This is not to be confused with Hunter Leahy at 71 High Street which has been selling and letting properties in Nailsea, Backwell, Wraxall since opening in 1999.

On a happier note the ‘shop to let’ sign above The Arcade has a ‘let agreed’ sign, work is nearer complexion on The Courtyard apartments and the first home at Glassworks Mews has sold.  

COURTYARD LIVING: The plasterers have just finished getting ready the first apartments at The Courtyard, which is off Nailsea High Street> Previously home to a wine bar and latterly restaurant the idea to turn the property into a B&B was abandonned in favour of these self-contained conversions. On the market at around the £200,000 mark are seven two-bed flats which will be ready to move in this summer. Click HERE for more details.