Plan­ners re­verse homes de­ci­sion

Bristol Post - - NEWS -

PLAN­NERS have ap­proved 37 homes on the site of a derelict fac­tory in Yat­ton, less than a month af­ter re­ject­ing the devel­op­ment.

North Som­er­set coun­cil­lors went against of­fi­cers’ ad­vice in De­cem­ber when they turned down the ap­pli­ca­tion for the for­mer Ti­tan Lad­ders site, amid con­cerns about over-devel­op­ment and drainage.

But hav­ing been rec­om­mended for a sec­ond time, mem­bers of the plan­ning and reg­u­la­tory com­mit­tee voted in favour of the homes in Mendip Road on Wednesday.

Of­fi­cials said coun­cil­lors’ con­cerns about flood­ing had been ad­dressed and that the ap­pli­cants, Yat­ton De­vel­op­ments, had pro­vided more de­tails about the pro­posed use of a pri­vate man­age­ment com­pany, funded by res­i­dents, to main­tain roads and ar­range bin col­lec­tions.

The devel­op­ment will com­prise 24 three-bed­room homes, four fourbed­room houses, nine flats in a three-storey block and 69 park­ing spa­ces.

Old fac­tory build­ings on the site will be de­mol­ished to make way for them.

Yat­ton ward coun­cil­lor and plan­ning com­mit­tee vice-chair­man Jill Iles said she still op­posed the scheme and had con­cerns in­clud­ing over-devel­op­ment and the lack of open space, but mem­bers voted to give it the green light.

She told the meet­ing: “The whole devel­op­ment is too much.

“There are too many houses for the site.”

Seven res­i­dents also ob­jected, along with Yat­ton Parish Coun­cil which said the new es­tate was “wholly un­ac­cept­able” be­cause of the state of the road and waste col­lec­tion ar­range­ments.

It said the hous­ing was “out of keep­ing” with the rest of the vil­lage.

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