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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

Extended home with 4 bedrooms

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.

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.

Nowt for Nailsea as councils share building windfall

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.