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Bid to build 35 new homes agreed but second plan refused

At a meeting of Bath and North East Somerset Council’s development control committee, politicians voted to approve 35 new homes off Stitchings Shord Lane, but then refused the second application for 41 houses on Wick Road.

The application for Stitchings Shord Lane was from Edward Ware Homes, whose representative Ian Duce said: “It is a logical extension to the development, close to shops and a school. Bishop Sutton is one of the most sustainable settlements outside of Bath.”

The application for Wick Road was from Barratt Homes, with the firm saying there was a clear need for affordable housing in Bishop Sutton.

Councillor Vic Pritchard (Con, Chew Valley) spoke against both applications, saying the council’s newly-agreed draft core strategy planning blueprint earmarked Bishop Sutton for a maximum of 50 new houses over the next 16 years.

Mr Pritchard said: “The 50 houses Bishop Sutton is expected to accommodate over the coming years should be developed incrementally and with the support of the community.

“The parish council should be given the opportunity to work with B&NES on a placemaking plan which allocates more appropriate land for development before these planning applications are granted permission.”

The applications prompted 69 letters of objection, and a petition with 112 signatures against the proposals.
Councillor Les Kew (Con, High Littleton) backed his party colleague in calling for decisions on both applications to be deferred.

But Councillor Nicholas Coombes (Lib Dem, Bathwick) said that the applications should not be refused because the council was “not ready to make a decision” and should be considered in terms of how they would affect Bishop Sutton.

Councillors voted seven to four to approve the 35 houses off Stitchings Shord Lane.

However, concern over flood risk and traffic problems led them to refuse the application at Wick Road.

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