Hundreds oppose homes plan in Peasedown St John
Opposition to plans for a new housing estate in Peasedown St John is growing.
More than 800 people have so far signed a petition against a scheme by Bristol-based housebuilder Edward Ware Homes for a sloping field off Greenlands Roads in the village.
And a village protest group fighting the scheme is raising money to hire an expert planning consultant to help it submit effective objections to the application.
The group, Residents Protecting Peasedown, has also called a residents’ meeting on Friday January 18 at 7pm at the Waggon and Horses pub to update local people on the campaign.
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The planning application is for 89 new homes with employment space and community land including allotments on just over three hectares – the equivalent of just under three football pitches in size .
Residents Protecting Peasedown says that many residents are concerned that the proposed estate will lead to major traffic problems, make the village’s serious parking difficulties worse, and put more stress on local services which are already overburdened.
The group also says that the field is also outside the area of the village identified by Bath and North East Somerset Council as appropriate for new housing.
The village’s two B&NES councillors, Sarah Bevan and Nathan Hartley, have pledged to fight the plan and say the new estate will cause irreparable damage to Peasedown.
In a statement, they said: “In all of our years in Peasedown, we’ve never experienced such strength of feeling about any issue.
“It’s crystal clear to us that a huge number of local people are wholeheartedly opposed to this. We are deeply concerned about the impact this proposed new housing estate will have on the village.”
Petra Schofield from RPP, said that more people were signing the petition every day.
“More than 800 people have said that they don’t want this housing estate, and more people are signing our petition every day. Edward Ware needs to take that on board and withdraw this absurd application now.
“We still need more help and support to ensure this application gets rejected. Anyone who wants to get involved can sign our petition, donate whatever they can, and write a letter of objection.”
Residents can sign the petition online at www.residentsprotectingpeasedown.org or in person in Peasedown’s post office.
Community group Peasedown 1st has also signalled its opposition to the plans.
Secretary said: “We’ve taken our fair share of extra housing over the last 20 years. As we are now the largest village in the south of England with almost 7,000 people living here. I think enough is enough.”
In their planning statement accompanying the plans, agents for Edward Ware Homes, Pegasus Planning Group, says the application submitted took into account some of the feedback received from residents during earlier consultations.
The agents held two meetings in the village at which the public were allowed to ask questions.
The public have until February 4 to make their views on the application known to B&NES and a target decision date has been set for April 3.