Vote paves way for homes on the green belt at Keynsham

Published on: 04 Mar 2013

Vote paves way for homes on the green belt at Keynsham

Plans to allow development on areas of green belt around Keynsham to help meet future demands for housing have been given the green light.

A special meeting was called on Monday, March 4, to allow B&NES councillors to discuss the proposals that could see an extra 450 homes built on land to the south-west and east of the town, near the K2 site and off the A4.

The councillors agreed homes at the following locations:

  • Land adjoining Odd Down, Bath; 300 homes;
  • Land adjoining Weston, Bath; 300 homes;
  • Extension to MoD Ensleigh; 120 homes;
  • Land adjoining East Keynsham; 250 homes;
  • Land adjoining South West Keynsham; 200 homes;
  • Land at Whitchurch; 200 homes;
  • Sites in the Somer Valley and Rural Areas to be determined through the Placemaking Plan; 500.

Councillors who represent Keynsham voted against the proposal for the two sites in the town. At the meeting, Councillor Alan Hale spoke against the plan for 200 homes on land to the south of Keynsham.

The debate comes after B&NES was told it needed to find more land to cater for housing demand over the next 15 years. While its original draft Core Strategy provided space for an extra 11,500 new homes, the proposals avoided green-belt sites.

After concerns were raised by the draft Core Strategy Examination Inspector, the number has now increased to 12,700 after the authority conducted a green-belt review to find room. 

Councillor Paul Crossley (Lib-Dem, Southdown), leader of the council, said: “The inspector’s key concern was the need to ensure that Bath & North East Somerset Council was properly addressing housing needs in the district. The council has already been able to identify a supply of around 10,800 new homes through maximising the use of brownfield sites and bringing empty properties back into use.

“Additional locations for new housing have been identified on the edge of Bath, at Keynsham and Whitchurch. The housing supply in the Somer Valley and at sustainable villages has also been increased.”

Plans for homes in the green belt around Saltford were dropped as they were “not considered deliverable” in the period the plan covers.

Consultation with the public on the agreed sites and the proposals for them will now take place in March and April, after which residents’ comments will be considered by the inspector.

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