Petition calls for rethink on Weston slopes development

A petition has been launched calling on Bath and North East Somerset Council to rethink plans to earmark land in Weston village for up to 300 new houses.

The petition has been started by the area’s local councillor Colin Barrett, who is distributing copies throughout the village for residents to sign.

The petition highlights concerns over the suitability of the site for new housing, including the fact it is within the Green Belt and the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as well as highlighting problems experienced with flooding in the area.

An online version of the petition can be signed at www.bathconservativesurveys.com. Following a meeting between Councillor Barrett and Council Planning Officers, a drop-in session for residents to comment on the proposals has also been organised by the Council and will take place on Thursday 11th April at the Weston All Saints Centre on the High Street from 4.30pm to 7pm.

Councillor Colin Barrett (Cons, Weston) said:

“Many residents in Weston have contacted me to say they are deeply concerned at the prospect of hundreds of houses being built on the northern slopes in the village. This area is well known for being prone to flooding, but more than that it is within the Greenbelt and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

“I have therefore launched this petition in order to demonstrate the strength of concern amongst local residents about these proposals. The petition calls on the Council to rethink the allocation of this site for housing and seek more appropriate locations through the Placemaking process, which will look in more detail than the Core Strategy at what sites are available for development.”

During the debate on the Core Strategy, Conservative councillors argued that if more appropriate development sites come forward during the Placemaking Plan process then the Council should seek to remove Greenbelt sites its plans.