Developer's query on Breaches Gate land

Published on: 06 Jan 2015

A developer that put forward a suggestion for hundreds of homes on green-belt land to the east of Keynsham in 2013 has taken another step towards submitting a full planning application.

Glasgow-based Mactaggart and Mickel outlined its vision for the Breaches Gate site during the council’s consultation process on its core strategy, at the time attracting strong opposition from residents and local councillors who pledged to protect the “green buffer” between Keynsham and Saltford.

The 12.7 hectare site, however, has since been removed from the green belt and earmarked for up to 250 houses, a new primary school and employment space after the core strategy was agreed.

The developer has written to the council to ask if an environmental impact assessment is needed to accompany an outline planning application for 250 homes and provision for a school. 

In a separate letter the firm has also asked whether an EIA would be needed to accompany an outline application for 500 new homes and space for a primary school on the same site and the adjoining “safeguarded land”, which is still in the green belt until further review.

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