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A brochure containing the proposals by Gleeson Land to build 400 houses south of Nailsea towards the railway station has been delivered to all homes and businesses in the immediate area affected by the plans.

It contains the same information that were revealed at a Nailsea Town Council meeting at the end of October as reported by Nailsea People.

This was given in a presentation by a four-strong project team from Gleeson, the Hampshire-based planning, technical and land specialists, who were commissioned by approximately 10 local landowners to seek planning permission on the green fields.

Led by planning manager Nick Keeley it was explained the 94-acre site was fraught with difficulties as it contained in parts old coal mining workings, floodplains, conservation area around Backwell lake, protected wildlife and trees as well as some listed farm buildings and public-rights-of-way.

​The 4-page handout delivered to neighbours said: “We would like to invite you to provide your thoughts and ideas on our proposals for new homes and public open space on land at south Nailsea.”

It confirms that Gleeson Land intend to submit an outline planning application later this year.

Gleeson added: “Approximately 400 new homes will be provided within the scheme. These will be a mix of one and four bed homes – covering all from starter homes and apartments to larger family homes. Up to 40 per cent of the new homes will be provided as affordable, made available for local residents for below market rent managed by a housing association…”

Backwell resident John Dicks was among those who submitted an objection saying it didn’t conform to the North Somerset Local Plan by ignoring both the Green Belt and strategic gap between Backwell & Nailsea policy.

Mr Dicks said: “The flat fields running parallel to Station Close are water meadows.

“The water table is never very far from the surface and in periods of continuous heavy rain ponds form on the surface of the land.

“Covering the hillside with concrete and Tarmac will further reduce the capability of the land to absorb water.

“Furthermore, the runoff from this area will naturally flow to the meadows making the risk of flooding more likely.

“This principle also applies to the proposed new road.

“I would suggest that if it is ever built it should be on top of a small embankment to avoid road closures.

“The proposed roundabout on Station Road means that it would feed into an already busy and congested road.

“Traffic would be delayed by the single-track low bridge under the railway and speed bumps from there to the A370.


Flooding fears for new building in green belt 

“Queues of traffic are already experienced in rush hours and school starting and finishing times.

“Is it advantageous to add more traffic to this chaos? You should be aware that its proximity to Backwell Lake is close to an area of SSSI.

In his submission Mr Dicks highlights the plight of bats, deer, badgers, foxes and even a lynx which all live on the land under threat.

He added: “This is not a well thought out and considered plan and numerous other objections are going to follow.”


Barratt boys sport new kit

Homebuilder Barratt Homes Bristol has helped the Nailsea Junior Football Club U16s tackle their kit conundrum with brand new strips to kick off a successful 2022-23 season.

The developer behind the new homes at Engine Lane, Nailsea wanted to score a goal for grassroots football with a £1,000 donation towards the new kit for the upcoming season.

Established in 1974, the Nailsea Junior Football Club provides a friendly and inclusive atmosphere for girls and boys between the ages of five and 18 years for all abilities.

With pitches all over the Nailsea and Backwell area, the club specialises in developing the skills and passion of aspiring young footballers.

Nailsea Junior Football Club chairman Ben Watts said: “We are thrilled to receive this generous donation from Barratt Homes, which will enable our U16s team to run out on the pitch in style.”

Barratt Homes Bristol sales director Andrea Pilgrim said: “Local sports teams play a vital role at the heart of our neighbourhoods, so we are pleased to be able to support the Nailsea Junior Football Club.

"The club do a tremendous job at supporting and encouraging the next generation of local football players and we wish them all the success in their upcoming season.”

Parish Brook, just off of Engine Lane, Nailsea, offers a range of two, three and four-bedroom high quality and energy efficient homes.

This new community is on the edge of the North Somerset countryside and is the perfect location for first time buyers, downsizers or commuters with great access to the M5 and Nailsea & Backwell train station.

Barratt Homes Bristol is committed to investing in the communities that it builds in and has recently donated to the Nailsea Skate Fest and Bristol Pride.

The new show homes and sales office are open at Parish Brook from Monday-Sunday,10am-5.30pm and offers a range of schemes including


Part Exchange Guarantee and the Key Worker Deposit Contribution Scheme.

To find out more about the new homes at Parish Brook or to register your interest visit 

Fryth Way minus pylons but plus more houses?

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Future possible housing and employment development on land owned by North Somerset Council will be considered at the full council meeting on Tuesday, November 8.
Included for Nailsea are playing fields at Fryth Way, home to Nailsea & Tickenham FC, which has been considered for redevelopment for nearly a decade or more.
This is part of a wider allocation for 450 dwellings that North Somerset would need to work with adjacent landowners/developers to agree a joint masterplan and delivery proposals.
A successful football club after many years fundraising recently installed floodlighting at Fryth Way which was paid for in part by a £20,000 grant from Nailsea Town Council.
There is no timescale on when North Somerset Council want to go ahead with development of its Nailsea sites.
Having identified this land as in its ownership perhaps the district council need to go back to its legal team and find out why it has patches of land not

formally adopted in the 1960-90s.

These green verges and parts of the highway are dubbed 'no mans land' in the town of which several have been sold recently by London auction houses.
Other sites throughout the district have the potential to deliver up to 1,500 homes and create new jobs, while raising up to £25m to fund capital priorities such as schools, roads and leisure facilities, says the report going to council.
The development programme to be considered by councillors was shaped by almost 700 responses received during an eight-week consultation (25 April to 20 June 2022). 
Key priorities for respondents included affordable housing and higher levels of sustainability.
The consultation also highlighted the need for further engagement with local communities, including the council’s ward members, so that the future of some sites could be considered in more detail.

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Next big thing for Nailsea


Proposals to build 400 houses south of Nailsea towards the railway station were revealed at a Nailsea Town Council meeting on Wednesday evening, October 26.

A presentation was given by a four-strong project team from Gleeson, the Hampshire-based planning, technical and land specialists, who were commissioned by approximately 10 local landowners to seek planning permission on the green fields.

Led by planning manager Nick Keeley it was explained the 94-acre site was fraught with difficulties as it contained in parts old coal mining workings, floodplains, conservation area around Backwell lake, protected wildlife and trees as well as some listed farm buildings and public-rights-of-way.

Please note: The 14 new homes currently being built off The Perrings where a deep coal mining shaft was discovered in September are not shown on the Gleeson maps.

Nick said: "The land was secured about 10 years ago so there has been a heck of a lot of work to get to the point we are today."

A new road and cycle paths will link the Taylor Wimpey Netherton Grange 450-homes to the 400 proposed homes and  would come out at a roundabout on Station Road close to Nailsea & Backwell railway station, councillors heard.

Station Road will be the primary access and could replace the narrow Station Close as the route to Nailsea Patio Supplies at the Coal Yard and all the new houses. 

The provisional timescale is for building to start in three years and it is envisaged completion will take a further three years.

If added to the 171 Barratt Homes Parish Brook development close by at Engine Lane and other smaller developments in total that adds up to more than 1,000 new homes in less than a decade for Nailsea despite its only routes in and out of the town being B-roads and narrow country lanes.

Because of the many technical issues, it has taken three years to get to the stage when we are ready to submit an outline planning application, the Gleeson team said.

But when the team said there would be no new medical centre or schools councillor Joanne Hopkinson who is also chair of governors at Nailsea School suggested they go back to the drawing board.

She said: “You say it won’t impact on local schools, it will, we have all these houses to accommodate, I don’t think this has been thought through enough to protect what we have.”

Finance and policy committee chairman Ben Kushner asked: “If you put 1,000 new homes two miles from the centre of Nailsea do you expect massive amount of vehicle journeys and the current medical, dental and schools to cope?”

Report by: Carol Deacon

The Gleeson team said it was government policy for more people to walk and cycle and for the less able there would be buses.

Nick said: “400 homes does not trigger the need for a new school or medical centre but there may be a need to enhance and/or improve existing facilities”

Vice-chairman Emily Miller who was in the chair for the evening pointed out that in June 2022 in light of the growing climate emergency the town council adopted strict new build requirements that included 'new homes should not be connected to the gas grid and all electricity needs should be met on site'.

The green edge strategic gap between Nailsea and Backwell would be safeguarded with lots of community amenities provided and a promise of 40 per cent 'affordable' homes.

The planned properties would be 2, 3 and 4-bed but this could change when a detailed application is submitted.

The ‘affordable’ homes statement was meet with some derision by those present.

The master plan includes community orchards, linear park and adequate car parking space and could add sport fields and a pavilion, said the Gleeson team.

It is the failure of North Somerset Council to identify housing sites to meet government targets of at least 20,085 new homes by 2038 which has led to developers focusing on farmland surrounding existing communities.

All options now being put forward identify Nailsea for growth, added the Gleeson team.

An emerging local plan is likely to go out for consultation in the new year but North Somerset councillors are currently discussing 'implications for development in Nailsea if the proposed Green Belt allocation to the East of Backwell is deleted and the rail crossing is not delivered'.

Ambitious plans to develop 55-acres of greenbelt land near Wraxall and Flax Bourton to include 500 houses and a new community hall by FLP of the Gladman Group has been put forward.

Many see this as providing part of new road funding to link the A370 to the Nailsea developments but not joining up with the M5 which some say would cost £350 million.

Prior to the meeting 90 agenda pages were issued and the meeting lasted more than two hours but time was not given to a resident of Bibury Close who wished to give councillors an update on the gulley situation.

The Gleeson team said they would welcome feedback and hope to set up a website for this purpose.

In the meantime go to our Nailsea People Facebook page or email and we will add your thoughts.

Nailsea resident Roger Smallshaw said: "Thanks for this summary of all that's proposed - what a dismal future.

"Disappearance of Green Belt, strategic gap and coincidentally our library building. 

"Complete absence of infrastructure, new essential roads and the usual promise of affordability.

"Affordability is a total impossibility anyway: pure law of economics - supply  demand price.

"Oh and add in greed.

"North Somerset Council is intent on 'dumping' on Nailsea with the executive members intent on protecting their own wards and careers.

"In the duration of this administration we have been deluged with wordy consultations and building proposals that it has become impossible to keep up with it all.

"Before anything else is approved we need to call a complete halt and conduct a full review of it all, prepare a simple, easy to understand summary and put it to the residents/electorate of Nailsea and the town council.

"It has to be accepted that this will be time consuming but the eternal random, uncoordinated urban spread has got to be stopped. 

Nailsea's no man's land


The roots from 40ft high trees planted close to the boundary of a 1970s Nailsea property have caused numerous cracks in the brickwork and is likely to have damaged its foundations.

But homeowner Jeremy Parker, of Bibury Close, who has consulted an arboriculturist, surveyor, solicitor and his insurance company is going round in circles trying to find the landowners of the adjoining gulley to resolve the problems.

The IT technician and car enthusiast has lived in the detached corner property for 23 years.

He said: “Tree roots have been discovered in my drains and by monitoring the pattern of seasonal movement it has been found they are sucking moisture out of the grounds causing subsidence.

“All the evidence has been gathered and the conclusion is the trees are too close to my property causing damage.

“Whoever planted the trees should have seen a ‘foreseeable risk’ and that makes them responsible.”

But finding out who owns the open space between the two east Nailsea residential roads which was recently sold for more than £40,000 by a London auction house is proving a nightmare.

North Somerset Council has been cutting the grass and trimming trees for the past decade without charging anyone for the maintenance work.

It is thought the original idea behind the planting was to make a beech hedge but because of neglect they have just grown with branches also dangerously overhanging Trendlewood Road.

Beech trees have the potential to grow to 80ft while the cherry trees in the small coppice are not so tall.

Friends of Trendlewood Park spokesperson Pat Gilbert said: “There is inevitably a lot of concern being generated about the auction of land between Bibury and Birdlip Close.

“This constitutes part of Trendlewood Park and has been managed by North Somerset Council with help from FoTP since 2010-11 when the park was created.

“We have known since the outset, that this land is not owned by North Somerset, but nothing was done about it legally by North Somerset.

“Of course, the obvious fear of residents is that any new owners might buy the land with a view to developing it.

“This seems highly unlikely but there is clearly something else going on here, which means that the owners want to shed this land.

“I believe the land has Local Green Space designation, but this must be confirmed in the new Local Plan.

“This area is part of an important 'green corridor' that allows birds, bats and other wildlife to move freely through the area.” 

Mr Parker said what once were small beech and cherry saplings still have the potential to grow even taller.

He added: “This is all really stressful and I have no idea when it is all going to get resolved.”

With the major landgrab in Nailsea of many open spaces not adopted by the district council on housing estates all over the town Mr Parker is concerned others may be in a similar position to him.

This is the second parcel of land sold by a London auction house for a reputed £40,000 plus prior to the sale date in recent months.

The first sale consisted of play areas, grass verges and part of the highway off Queens Road.

Hammersmith auctioneers Barnard Marcus listed the Trendlewood Park gulley for sale on Wednesday, October 19, but posted online it was sold pre-auction on behalf of Legacy Land Holdings.

Lot 240 was listed with a guide price of £15,000 plus fees.

The auction details advise ‘the freehold site of approximately 3,478m2 / 37,436sqft / 0.859 acres within a residential area would require prospective purchasers ensure they have inspected the site and rely upon their own enquiries, assessments and due diligence with regards to its current and potential uses’.

 It adds 'all or part of this site may comprise adopted highway. Purchasers are deemed to rely upon their own enquires with regards to this'.

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Federated Homes who developed the houses south of Queens Road back in the 1970-80s went bust and as the land in contention was counted as an ‘asset’ by the official receiver it was duty bound by law to sell to the highest bidder.

Before this happened, it was wrongly believed the freehold of the separate parcels totalling approximately 4.1 acres was under the ownership of North Somerset Council.

There is no obligation to tell neighbours or district and town councils of the sale.

A North Somerset Council spokesman said: “We have been maintaining the land, including grass cutting without payment for many years.

“It is our understanding around the background to this is that there’s quite a bit of open space in Nailsea which was not transferred to North Somerset Council as it should have been when the housing developments were completed.

“We don’t know why these transfers did not take place.”

Nailsea Town Council is discussing designating the latest plot to come under threat which is considered part of Trendlewood Park a ‘town green’ like the slope at The Perrings. In the meantime Nailsea People has paid a fee to the Land Registry to ascertain who currently owns the Trendlwood land land.

We wait with bated breath but learn it could take three months to get this information.



  • In April 2021 a title deed holder sought planning permission to build a pair of semi-detached houses on ‘open space’ between homes at 16-18 Winchcombe Close which has been a play area for many years. Luckily this was blocked as it was deemed the 0.11 acre a ‘development high risk’ by The Coal Authority. The freehold site is now for sale by Paul Fosh Online Auctions, of Newport, as Lot 13 on Thursday, November 10, with a price guide of  £27,500+ and a minimum opening bid: of  £25,000. More information here

  • Developers Gleeson will be giving a presentation to Nailsea Town Council at 7.30pm on Wednesday, October 26 , about proposals to develop more land to the south and southwest of Nailsea. The agenda says, ‘they wish to share with the council where they are and seek guidance as to what the community might seek in terms of reasonable and related infrastructure provision’. The meeting is open to the public. Read more