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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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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 details 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  www.jointplanningwofe.org.uk.

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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.

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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.

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"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."

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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.

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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.  

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TWO RESTAURANTS FOR SALE: The Golden Horse is a Chinese take away and restaurant off the High Street which has been trading in the town centre for 15 years and can seat up to 48 persons. It is being sold leasehold for £89,000. For more information click HERE. Intelligent Business Transfer is offering Il Paridiso for sale. Formerly Il Bottelinos the leasehold for the popular Italian at Link Road with an annual turnover of £364,000 is on offer at £150,000. Click HERE for details.

Bucklands Information Day 2

The price of the properties currently being built on the old police station site will not be released until the end of June.

Nailsea People went along to its second information day at Nailsea Methodist Church, 74-76 Silver Street, and learned the guide price is £250,000 for a one bed, and £3250-350,000 for a two bed.

On top of that will be a £50+ a week charge for management fees and maintenance.

In addition will be 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 2018.

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

For further information call 0800 201 4811.

STOP PRESS 1: No firm news on price range but for a pet owner this update 'nothing is complete without your furry friends by your side. We understand that, and that's why when you make the move into one of our beautiful retirement communities, you can bring a well behaved pet to live with you in your new home!'.

STOP PRESS 2: Audley Redwood, pictured, the 'luxury retirement village' at Failand is inviting prospective residents to an open day tour of  facilities which include restaurant, bar, pool and health club. Prices here start at £399,995.

Goodbye Nailsea NatWest

Royal Bank of Scotland announced last December is was to close 259 National Westminister and RBS branches resulting nationwide including the Somerset Square, Nailsea, branch.

Countrywide this resulted in 680 job losses.

A total of 62 RBS branches and 197 NatWest outlets were due for closure by June 2018 and Nailsea shut up shop on Monday, June 11, at 4.30pm.

No customer is recorded as complaining directly to RSB but plenty of Nailsea People readers voiced an opinion on its Facebook page.

Customers were informed online their neared NatWest is at Portishead more than five miles away - funnily ignoring the Clevedon branch?

Here is a selection of what you had to say;

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Joanne Liddiatt said: "What a shame."
Barbara Onion said: "By closing their bank basically they are not giving their customers a choice.

"We have been with NatWest bank for about 45 years but we shall be changing to another bank very shortly."
Babs Davidson said: "I spoke to someone in the bank earlier in the year and was told that it was not Nat West's choice to close the bank but was something to do with the lease, and knowing the owners of the precinct they have probably tripled the rent causing NatWest to close anyone heard anything about this?"

Claire Watkins said: "My dad lives in Nailsea and said the same thing as you. I've heard leases are ridiculous at the moment."

John Mills said: "NatWest have closed multiple sites all across the country it is a money saving exercise."
But Mark Robinson, of property management company Ellandi, said: "We may not be perfect, but I can assure you that it was nothing to do with the lease, we have not put the rent up, it is part of a national closure programme, I'm afraid."

Louise Cara said: "So Sad they have left Nailsea.

"I changed to NatWest after they closed Halifax at Nailsea.

"Now they have closed NatWest Nailsea down I'm with Barclays."
Keith Nicholls said; "Yes, it's closed and the cash machine no longer works.

"I was 16 when I took out my first National Provincial account, which later changed to Natwest.

"I will stick with them and use the Post Office and other banks to pay money in, cash machines to withdraw."

Brian Bartlett said: "Where do businesses put their days takings, under their mattresses, how about the older folk wanting to put money in or out of their accounts.?"

Ian Summerell said: "Its a very sad day, I opened my account in there when I live in the flat above in 1978.

"I'm told I can use the post office. not the same thing."

Old schoolhouse at Flax Bourton for sale

Beautiful detached period property on the main road at Flax Bourton is being sold by Yopa.

The building was once the village school and owned by Lord Wraxall as part of the Tyntesfield Estate.

The Old School House is being marketed at a guide price of £425,000.

Throughout the three-bed property there is a wealth of period features including mullion windows and beamed ceilings alongside a modern and spacious open plan kitchen/family room and a generous en-suite bathroom.

The house is offered with no onward chain and is a must view for those who are looking for a characterful home within easy reach of Bristol and the surrounding area.

Key features

  • Detached family home

  • Three bedrooms

  • Period property

  • Character features

  • Driveway and garage

  • Attractive garden

  • Popular location

  • Close to highly regarded schools

  • Easy access to Bristol and the M5

  • No onward chain

THE GLASSWORKS: Ready to move into this summer the mews properties being built next to the Royal Oak pub. Named The Glassworks as the relics of the former industrial site are buried deep under the three and four bed homes. The houses are in a prime position in the centre of the town opposite Tesco supermarket and Teletubbies Mound. Estate agents Hunter Leahy who is marketing new homes say prices start at £375,000. A photo record of the construction is below and from the start on the Gallery 2017 page.

Royal Oak garage work starts again for 2018 - earlier construction recorded in Gallery 2017

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Progress from start of 2018 - go to Gallery 2017 to view 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 garage is excluded from scheduling under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

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Progress during the summer holidays August 2017 although most of the original walls came down. It is all a work in progess but the final photograph in this slide show is of how it is going to look. It was more than a year ago multi-million plans to develop the old garage next to the Royal Oak pub were unveiled at a Nailsea Town Council. Scroll down to read more on the Breaking News page about the development...we will update as and when...wonder how much the properties will sell for?

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Glassworks Mews June 2019 marketing literature

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Progress from start of 2018 - go to Gallery 2017 to view 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 garage is excluded from scheduling under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

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HOUSE FOR SALE

 

An end of terrace home for sale at Greenfield Crescent‚ Nailsea
Key features:

  • Three/four bedrooms

  • Flexible accommodation

  • Close to open countryside

  • Close to amenities

  • Off street parking and garage

  • Solar panels

Offered by Local Yopa Agent Matthew Bingham at £265,000.

For full description click HERE

BUNGALOW FOR SALE

 

This spacious four-bedroom detached bungalow with a south facing rear garden and double garage is at Kingston Way, Nailsea.

  • Separate bathroom and WC

  • Kitchen/dining room• Spacious living room

  • Double garage and driveway

  • South facing private rear garden

Offered by the Backwell office of Debbie Fortune at £435,000.

For full description click HERE

SHOP TO RENT: After several years trading as The Tile Room, at 9 Station Road, Backwell (right next to Nailsea bus stop) Richard Barclay has decided to resume running his business from home. He said: "It is a great location in the heart of the village. Would work either as a retail premises or an office. Main shop/office space is 25 M2 and there is also a WC and kitchenette. The rent is £500 is PCM. It has worked for me as a tile retail shop, but after 4 years I have decided I want my Saturdays back so am retreating back to my home office, where I will continue to supply tiles! Please contact me with any questions." Call shop on 01275 464446.

SCHOOL LANE: A four-bedroom detached home set in elevated grounds of approximately a third of an acre at Barrow Gurney is for sale. the property boasts glorious countryside views. It is priced at £750,000 by Debbie Fortune estate agents at its Backwell office. Call 01275 406880 for more details or download the brochure by clicking HERE

ROCK HOUSE: Situated at Tower House Lane, Wraxall, this a four-bed modern residence with a two-bed annexe set in a stunning location, with far reaching panoramic views. Priced at £1,800,000 by Debbie Fortune estate agents at its Backwell office. Call 01275 406880 for more details or download the brochure by clicking HERE

More homes draft plan with minister

The moves to build many more houses in Nailsea comes closer as the draft of the West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) has been submitted to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government this week.

This marks the culmination of three years of joint working and public engagement to develop a strategy to help guide planning for housing and business growth across the Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol City, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire council areas for the next 20 years.

The JSP sets out the policies and principles that have been applied in determining the most appropriate and sustainable locations for future development. These policies and principles have been refined through extensive stakeholder engagement and three consultation exercises, where individuals, communities and other groups have made contributions to help shape the future growth of the region.

The next stage in the process will be for the Government to review the Plan.

It is expected to appoint an Independent Planning Inspector to conduct a public examination in the autumn.

The Inspector will then make a report back to the local authorities and may propose further amendments.

Once satisfied it meets all planning rules and laws, each council will then consider whether or not to adopt the plan.

Subject to that approval, the JSP would sit above and guide the review of the councils’ own Local Plans.

The West of England JSP is the first such joint planning approach in the UK, which sees councils working together to agree the number of new homes and jobs that are needed; the most appropriate locations where that growth should be located; and the infrastructure needed to support that growth.

Alongside the JSP, the four councils are taking forward the findings of the Joint Transport Study (JTS), which is designed to help the region meet the increasing infrastructure demands that new growth will bring, as well as identifying the projects that are needed to tackle existing pressure on road and public transport networks.

This includes providing public transport, cycling and walking infrastructure to reduce reliance on cars and highway improvements to tackle congestion.

A Transport Topic Paper, which provides further detail on the infrastructure investments being considered to support the growth proposed in the JSP is also being submitted.

This expands on the ideas explored in earlier transport consultations and will form the basis of detailed public engagement on each of the projects, as part of each Authorities new Local Plan development work, later this year.

The draft plan as well as a report identifying the key issues raised in the most recent consultation and other information that supports the submission stage are available online by clicking HERE.

Sycamore Lodge, new name and new wing

A Nailsea care home has added a new wing and changed its name.

The Granary is now called Sycamore Lodge (not to be confused with Sycamore House which was demolished to make way for Sapphire Court or Bucklands...) and has opened an extra nursing wing for older people.

The Shaw healthcare run care home residents, relatives, staff and local councillors were at the official naming ceremony with celebratory cake and ribbon cutting.

Guests included Wraxall & Failand Parish Council chairman Richard Delmas, Shaw contract compliane manager Alun Thomas and North Somerset Council representative Shayne Gillard.

The ribbon was cut by Edwin Entwistle.

His wife is a resident at Sycamore Lodge and she picked the winning name from a draw of shortlisted suggestions.

The care home was rated as ‘good’ following an inspection of its services in March by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Shaw deputy chief executive officer Suzanne Hughes said: “It became apparent from conversations with North Somerset County Council that additional nursing beds would be very much welcomed and we are thrilled to be able to provide this much needed service in the area”.

Sycamore Lodge can accommodate for up to 78 elderly residents including those living with dementia.

The facility provides both nursing and residential care which is tailored to the needs of each resident.

Sycamore Lodge home manager Caroline Carter said: “We’ve worked tirelessly to make improvements and the whole team are absolutely delighted to have achieved the 'Good' CQC rating.

"We’ve got a great relationship with our residents and their loved ones, and we’re always looking to improve community links, so if anyone would like to pop in and see the type of care we provide they are welcome to visit.

"Ultimately, we want to deliver the quality of care that we would want for our own loved ones.

"We’re always looking to improve and I’m sure that you’ll hear more good news from us soon.” 

Shaw healthcare provides a spectrum of services from comprehensive care packages through to low level support in the community for older people and adults with physical, sensory or mental health support needs.

A very English country farmhouse

The handsome wisteria clad facade of this 17th/18th century farmhouse is the very epitome of the chocolate box English country home with its white washed stone walls and gorgeous clay tiled roof, beautifully positioned behind its enchanting cottage garden.
Inside the property displays an abundance of original character features including exposed wooden beams, ledge and brace doors and a rebuilt fireplace. As is traditional in a Somerset Long House one end of the property original housed livestock but has now been skilfully incorporated into the main body of the home creating further living space.
The accommodation includes sitting room with wood burning stove, dining room, study, kitchen/breakfast room (complete with Aga), utility room and
downstairs cloakroom with upstairs five double bedrooms off a large galleried landing.

There is also a spacious family bathroom, featuring a period claw foot bath and a separate shower room.

Outside there is a south facing walled cottage garden, lawn area with greenhouse, gardeners shed and summer house and more.

This period home is at least 230 years old and is reputed to be one of the oldest original buildings of the historic village of Kingston Seymour which is just down the road from Nailsea.

Triangle Farm Cottage is offered chain free by Debbie Fortune estate agent at its Backwell office for £615,000.

Call 01275 406880 for more details.

Nailsea Italian deli for sale

We were warned before Christmas that the Italian bakery at Crown Glass Shopping Centre may close and now our worse fears have been realised.

Put up for sale this week the coffee shop selling pizza, bread, pasta, ice cream and desserts is on the market for £10,000.

Sapore italiano which means 'tasty' in Italian opened at Colliers Walk in July 2016. 

Husband and wife team Domenico and Sylwia Mingione have have a loyal following for their  homemade food which included focaccia, lasagna, parmesan, pesto, Genovese, cakes and desserts but with Greggs nearly next door they had tough competition for the palates of lunchtime workers.

Deli owner Sylwia praised the landlord who they say bent over backwards to help them but many of those who posted comments on the Nailsea People Facebook page saying they will be sad to see the business go have never shopped there.

She said: “We decided to sell our shop for personal reasons.”

Sylwia added the landlords and regular customers have been fantastic.

Call 0759 831 1708 if you want to learn more or click HERE to go to the Gumtree page.

Bucklands set new name trend

The apartments being built at Stockway South on the site of the old police station are just beginning to appear above the 'green' fencing.

Currently called Bucklands let's hope there isn't confusion with Bucklands Batch, Bucklands Drive, Bucklands End, Bucklands Grove, Bucklands Lane or Bucklands View which are already place names in the town!

Developer McCarthy & Stone is building the retirement homes for senior citizens which should be completed this year.

The development will provide 22 one bed and 18 two bed apartments.

For further information click HERE.

A photo gallery of progress on the Royal Oak development at High Street is HERE

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CONVERTED BARN: For sale by Debbie Fortune Backwell office. This detached 4-bed barn conversion is situated in countryside close to Tickenham. Priced at more than £1 million The Corn Barn provides a wonderful refurbished barn conversion and adjacent spacious detached annexe, all nestled off of a private driveway within three quarters of an acre of lush grounds, surrounded by countryside views. Click HERE to download full details or call 01275 406880

Is there a house to rent?

Landlords and owners of empty homes in North Somerset are invited to a free event to find out more about the help and incentives North Somerset Council can offer those providing private rented housing which helps the most vulnerable households in the area.

The landlord breakfast event will be held at the Winter Gardens in Weston-super-Mare on Tuesday, March 20, 9-11am, to give landlords as well as owners of empty or second homes an opportunity to find out about the North Somerset Council landlord incentive scheme.

North Somerset Council deputy leader and executive member for housing Cllr Elfan Ap Rees said: “Many households across North Somerset are searching for an affordable privately-rented home.

“We are looking for affordable accommodation and can offer a range of incentives to landlords who can help us house families and people who are threatened with homelessness.”

The North Somerset Council landlord incentive scheme includes financial assistance such as rent in advance, cash deposits, improvement grants and loans.

This is in addition to the dedicated support the council’s housing team provides landlords which includes tenant-finding, free health and safety assessments and advice on tenancy issues.

If you or someone you know is a landlord or owner of an empty or second home in North Somerset and wants to find out more, contact the council’s private lettings team by calling 01934 426483 or email lettingsteam@n-somerset.gov.uk.

GRAND DESIGNS: Not much change out of £1 million. This beautiful Edwardian property is currently being marketed by Debbie Fortune Backwell office for £995,000 and at an extra cost you can buy part of its garden which comes with planning permission for two further dwellings.The White House at Bucklands Grove is a seven-bed detached home which is a short walk to the railway station. The house has many original features including pretty oriel windows, moulded cornicing, picture rails, tall moulded skirting, period fireplaces and a servant bell system

Windfall from development

North Somerset is likely to get four new communities in the next decade including two new garden villages at Banwell and Churchill and big extensions to Nailsea and Backwell.

While appreciating people need homes many local people are opposed to building on a massive scale amid fears of disrupting community cohesion.

And there is widespread distrust about the promise of new roads, schools and ‘affordable’ housing.Roads that will slice through the nature reserve that is Backwell lake, schools that will be outside established districts and how much is affordable for first time buyers.

North Somerset Council is going to get a nice big windfall when all the new houses are built in the district as it has introduced levy on all new developments to help fund roads, schools and community buildings.
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a new charge which developers will be required to pay to help fund the cost of infrastructure, such as schools and transport improvements.
This includes the 4,000 plus homes for Nailsea and Backwell in the next 10 years and affects Nailsea Town Council’s proposals for Engine Lane.
However, communities will benefit first-hand as town and parish councils will get a share of the CIL income from developments in their area.
There are exceptions for affordable housing and properties being built for the owner’s own use like house extensions as well as for charitable projects. 
There is no charge on employment or community buildings.
Fifteen per cent of the money paid by the developer will go to the town or parish council where the development takes place to spend on local facilities. 
This increases to 25 per cent if the council has an adopted neighbourhood plan.
The rest will go to North Somerset Council to spend on infrastructure to support development. 
An annual report will be published setting out how much money is received and how it is spent.
The CIL partially replaces the current system of development contributions known as section 106 agreements.
Council deputy leader and execture member for planning Elfan Ap Rees said: “The increasing restrictions on section 106 planning obligations and the improved flexibility that CIL charges offer will help us to deliver the infrastructure needed to support development in North Somerset.
“CIL will result in increased clarity and transparency about the contributions that developers are expected to make and how that money is spent. With a share going direct to town and parish councils, they will have money to spend on the best way they see fit to support growth in their area.”

Perhaps Nailsea will get a new library and swimming pool...

FLATLINERS: After 25 years in business The Courtyard wine bar in the centre of Nailsea closed in April 2012. It reopened briefly as Farrells, quickly changed hands to become The Atrium then 10 months later closed for good. Since then the freehold has been up for sale with a price tag of £ £325,000 and although various people have showed interest in the intervening years nothing happened and the restaurant with a potential upstairs B&B has remain a blot on the landscape with (we are told) rodents as its only residents. The latest manifestation is a planning application to North Somerset Council to convert the ground floor at 120 High Street into two one-bed self-contained flats. Watch this space…