Councillor vows to fight Bishop Sutton housing plans

Chew Valley South councillor Vic Pritchard is to speak out against plans for 76 new homes on greenfield land in Bishop Sutton when they are considered by Bath and North East Somerset Council’s planning committee this week.

Councillor Pritchard will join with residents and the local Parish Council in fighting the proposals when they are debated by a committee of councillors this Wednesday, 13 March. Planning applications for two new housing estates in the village will be considered at the same Development Control meeting, with the first application proposing 35 new houses off Sitchings Shord Lane and the second seeking permission for 41 houses on Wick Road.

Both applications have been recommended for approval by Council officers. However, Conservative Councillor Pritchard has argued that the applications should be thrown out in light of the Council’s newly agreed draft Core Strategy planning blueprint, which earmarks Bishop Sutton for a maximum of 50 new houses over the course of the next sixteen years.

Cllr Vic Pritchard (Cons, Chew Valley South) said:

“These planning applications should be thrown out by B&NES as they are outside the village’s housing development boundary and go over and above the number of houses envisaged for Bishop Sutton over the next two decades.

“I will be arguing that these plans should be rejected on the grounds they do not accord with the Council’s recently agreed draft Core Strategy, which earmarks Bishop Sutton for just fifty houses between now and 2029. The officer reports were written before the Core Strategy was agreed by B&NES and so I believe the applications should be withdrawn from this meeting so that officers can reconsider their recommendation in light of this.

“The fifty houses Bishop Sutton is expected to accommodate over the coming years should be developed incrementally and with the support of the local community. The Parish Council should be given the opportunity to work with B&NES on a Placemaking Plan which allocates more appropriate land for development before these planning applications are granted permission.”