360 object to proposed homes on Saltford green belt

February 07 2013

An application to build 99 new homes on green belt land in Saltford has attracted more than 360 objections.

360 object to proposed homes on Saltford green belt

An application to build 99 new homes on green belt land in Saltford has attracted more than 360 objections.

Crest Nicholson has asked for permission to develop land off Manor Road in the village.

But the proposal has proved controversial, with residents raising concerns about additional traffic and increasing demand on the village’s primary school, as well as calls to preserve the green belt.

Councillor Francine Haeberling (Cons, Saltford) said: “We will back residents all the way in their campaign against these plans, and have requested that the application is heard by the council’s planning committee so that local people can have their say. 

“The green belt around Saltford is valued by residents as it provides a natural barrier to protect the character of our village.  B&NES should be doing all it can to protect this.”

Around 200 residents attended a public meeting  on the proposals last month. Councillor Mathew Blankley (Cons, Saltford), said: “The huge number of people lodging official objections to these proposals shows the strength of feeling amongst Saltford residents against these plans. 

“This was confirmed by the packed attendance at the recent public meeting, where residents expressed very strongly their opposition to this development.”

A decision by B&NES Council is expected by early March, according to the authority’s website.