Residents fight latest plan to build more homes in village
EVERCREECH residents are working together to fight a planning application for a further 80 homes in the village.
Bovis Homes submitted a planning application on October 1 for the erection of 80 dwellings and associated infrastructure on land at Prestleigh Road.
Ninety homes have already been approved at Horsehill Farm and 30 are under consideration off Maesdown Close. The additional 80 will bring the total number of new houses in Evercreech to 200.
Carole Preece, one of many in the village who formed Protecting Evercreech Together, said: "The village cannot possibly support this influx; our local school will be overwhelmed, likewise our doctors' surgery.
"Traffic that is already chaotic in areas such as Victoria Square by our shops and the Parish Church will become even more dangerous, particularly for schoolchildren and the elderly; the speed of traffic along Prestleigh Road is already dangerously high.
"The success of our Greencore factory means we have a vast increase in number of HGVs; another junction off this road will increase the likelihood of accidents.
"Prestleigh Road is subject to flash flooding affecting homes in Enfield Road also – more roofs and Tarmac will exacerbate this.
"The loss of the last green space in the village and the outlook for many residents will be gone; we will simply not be a village anymore."
There is a meeting in Evercreech Village Hall on October 20 from noon until 4pm for villagers to view the plans.
A recommendation will be made by the parish council at its meeting on October 24.
Comments can be made by calling case officer Oliver Marigold on 0300 303 8588 before October 22.