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94 new homes are planned for Peasedown St John

Peasedown St John could soon be home to another large housing development as a Bristol developer plans almost 100 new homes in the village.

Bath and North East Somerset’s biggest village could soon get bigger with a 94-home housing estate proposed for Greenland Road.

Edward Ware Homes revealed plans to create the new estate before last week’s meeting of the parish council.

The company said the proposal was still at an early stage but that people can expect the development to feature a number of different types of properties from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom houses, of which 35 per cent would be affordable.

The next step is to prepare an application which would be decided by B&NES’s planning committee. Mr Ware gave an assurance that there will be a public exhibition as part of the consultation process with residents and organisations.

The developer made reference to the B&NES Draft Core Strategy, which sets out the number and location of new homes up until 2026. The council was ordered to rewrite the document by the planning inspector in July to include more housing.

The document laid out plans to build 2,642 homes in the area described by B&NES as the Somer Valley, which includes Midsomer Norton, Radstock, Paulton and Peasedown.

Mr Ware said the shortfall in housing identified by the inspector will mean B&NES will have to look at alternative sites not highlighted in the document in order to address the shortfall.

He added that there was a need for more homes in Peasedown because of the increase in jobs created by the Bath Park.

The village is already expanding with 95 homes by David Wilson Homes on Wellow Lane.

Parish councillor Karen Walker thanked the residents who came along to the parish council meeting.

She said: “If a planning application is submitted it will be the start of a long process to include public consultation and public meetings.

“We shall be working with both Pegasus and B&NES to ensure that all residents are fully consulted.

“In terms of the decision-making process, if a planning application is submitted it will be B&NES that will make the final decision.

“The parish council’s position will be to reflect local opinion and respond to any consultation expressing concerns and the views of residents.”

Councillor Sarah Bevan, Peasedown’s Lib Dem at B&NES, said she had already been contacted by residents unhappy with the proposal.

Ms Bevan said: “In the local plan it was designated as a protected buffer, not for development, to prevent sprawl between Hillside View at its bottom end and Greenlands Road and Bath Road homes and shops at its top end.”

She said the owner of the land must have had the protective status overturned and has sent an email requesting details of the change of use to the planning office at B&NES.

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