Public inquiry into green-belt homes plan for Saltford begins tomorrow

Published on: 12 Aug 2013

A public inquiry into Crest Nicholson’s bid to build up to 99 homes on green-belt land at Saltford will get under way tomorrow.

The controversial proposals for the land off Manor Road were taken to appeal by the developer in April after Bath and North East Somerset Council failed
to make a decision on the application before the deadline passed.

The independent planning inspector will hear evidence from the developer and from other interested parties, including the Saltford Environment Group
and Saltford Green Belt Campaign.

Spokesman Phil Harding said the group had commissioned an appraisal of the scheme which had found it was not sustainable development.

He added: “Secondly, there is a strong feeling locally that Saltford will be treated unjustly if this appeal is won and the planning application is permitted to proceed. B&NES, rather than a housing developer, is democratically elected by the local community to plan and determine where new housing developments should be located through its Core Strategy and place-making consultation process.

“We feel strongly that if allowed to proceed, this development would not only extend the existing housing development boundary against the wishes of local residents, but set a dangerous precedent for other developments on our green belt.”

The inquiry opens at 10am on August 13 at the Fry Club and Conference Centre, Somerdale, Keynsham.

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