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2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • how many houses will be genuinely ‘affordable’;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To learn more about the campaigning of NAG clcik HERE.

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Alice in Wonderland territory, says MP

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

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

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

You can read the summary in full HERE.

Contents include its purpose and how it conducted the consultation.

It asked several main questions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Response need to be submitted by Monday, December 14.

You can access the consultation documents HERE.

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

Taylor Wimpey homes on horizon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This would include its aim to:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is for 168 dwelling.

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

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

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

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

Read more on the North Somerset Council website HERE.

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

People to live in green houses

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

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

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

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

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

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

The scheme is administered online through the Simple Energy Advice service at https://www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk/pages/green-homes-grant and residents are encouraged to find out about the scheme and the eligibility criteria.

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

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

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

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

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

“Don’t let rogue traders mislead you!"

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

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

Local plan update

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To read in full this first article scroll down

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zoom in to have your say

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

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

To join the Zoom meeting go to:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83026157394…

Meeting ID: 830 2615 7394

Passcode: 893659

Phone +44 203 051 2874 United Kingdom

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

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

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

 www.n-somerset.gov.uk/newlocalplan.

 

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

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

McCarthy and Stone development in Nailse

Final Nailsea flat for sale...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To find out more about Bucklands, please contact McCarthy and Stone on 0800 3100 383 or visit www.mccarthyandstone.co.uk.

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What's next for Nailsea

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watch the district council video to learn more. 

A full online consultation will run for the six-week period until Wednesday, September 2, at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/newlocalplan

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

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

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

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Trendlewood semi-detached

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Beautiful rural 2-bed bungalow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Priced at £375,000 for further information click HERE

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SOLD!!

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

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

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

Several of the properties are already sold.

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

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

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

Nailsea has seven places in the town with that name tag

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Garages to be replaced with social housing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PRICE REDUCTION

Extended home with 4 bedrooms

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Link bungalow &

no ongoing chain

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

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

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

Nailsea has access to good public bus and train transport.

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

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

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

Viewing is strongly recommended.

For more information click HERE.

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

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

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

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

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

For more information click HERE.

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FOR SALE SOON

Doctors for sale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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No M5 link to A370 or B3130?

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

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

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

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

But Backwell and Tickenham villagers are still concerned.

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

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

Its concerns include:

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

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

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

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

Anyone with observations should email info@trag.org.uk.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She urged villagers to petition councillor Bridget Petty by email at bridget.petty@n-somerset.gov.uk to reiterate their feelings.

NAG AGM

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

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

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

Updates included:

 

JOINT SPATIAL PLAN

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

ENGINE LANE

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

 

THE UPLANDS

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

 

CAUSEWAY VIEW

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

NORTH NAILSEA

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

 

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

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Nailsea Action Group planning 'our' future

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Estate agent on the move

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Market forces

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

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

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

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

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Detached 4-bed family home

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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

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Super semi + conservatory

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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.

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

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Try living next to countryside

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Extended home at heart of town

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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.

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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.

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

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