Developer takes plans for 99 homes on Saltford green belt to appeal

Published on: 10 Apr 2013

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Developer takes plans for 99 homes on Saltford green belt to appeal

The developer behind plans for up to 99 new homes in Saltford has taken the application to appeal after Bath & North East Somerset council failed to reach a decision by the deadline it set. Manor Road

Crest Nicholson submitted proposals for the controversial development on green-belt land off Manor Road in December, and the council set March 6 as the target date for a decision. Public consultation on the plans before the deadline resulted in hundreds of objections, many raising concerns at pressure on the local primary school, extra traffic and loss of green-belt land.

However,  with no decision reached by March 6, the firm is now going to an independent planning inspector for a verdict.

Ben Miller, a development director at Crest Nicholson, said: “We have decided to take our planning application for 99 homes at Manor Road in Saltford to the Independent Planning Inspectorate as the council has not reached a decision within the designated time.  There is a severe shortage of housing within Bath and North East Somerset and Manor Road has been identified as the most appropriate location for development.”

The developer’s decision to go to appeal has been met with anger by local councillors.

Cllr Mathew Blankley (Cons, Saltford) said:  “It would clearly have been far better for this application to be decided democratically by the council’s planning committee rather than by a planning inspector who does not know our community so well.

“I think that residents in Saltford will be angry that Crest Nicholson has decided not to allow the council’s democratic process to take its course.” Comments already made on the plans will be passed to the inspector. People who have not commented can do so until May 16.

Mr Miller added: “Our proposal sets out a variety of housing, from two- to five-bedroom properties, all of which have been specifically designed to meet the housing needs of local people, without compromising the character of Saltford. It also incorporates 35 per cent affordable housing.”

The planning inspector has set a date of August 13 for an inquiry.  


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