Over 360 objections have been submitted against plans for a 99-home housing development on the edge of Saltford.
The objections have been lodged by local residents after developer Crest Nicholson submitted a planning application seeking permission to build the new houses on Greenbelt land off of Manor Road in the village.
Residents in Saltford have raised concerns over the damage the development would cause to the area’s Greenbelt, as well as the impact of additional traffic on nearby roads and the lack of capacity in village’s already over-subscribed Primary School.
Saltford councillors Mathew Blankley and Francine Haeberling have also voiced their opposition to the plans and have given their backing to the campaign to stop the development. They have called for the application to be decided by a panel of councillors on Bath and North East Somerset Council’s Development Control Committee rather than by the authority’s planning officials.
A public meeting held in January also saw over 200 residents attend to voice their opposition to the plans.
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. The main concerns raised by people have been the destruction of the valued Greenbelt surrounding our village, the increase in traffic on nearby roads, and the impact on Saltford Primary School, which is already at capacity.”
Cllr Francine Haeberling (Cons, Saltford) added:
“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 Greenbelt 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.”