Saltford housing plans taken to government

A housing developer will seek approval from the government for 99 new homes in North East Somerset after the council ran out of time to discuss the plans.

Crest Nicholson has applied to build the homes at Manor Road in Saltford.

It said Bath and North East Somerset Council had not made a decision within the designated time of eight weeks.

The council has not commented on why no decision has been reached. Ward councillor Francine Haeberling said she was "disappointed" with the developer.

"When you have a large application it can take quite some time to go through all the details of it," she added.

'Severe shortage'

"I am very disappointed that Crest Nicholson hasn't allowed the democratic process to go through normally... and I just think they have jumped the gun."

She said the council's planning strategy was opposed to building on greenbelt land.

Ben Miller, from Crest Nicholson, said: "There is a severe shortage of housing within Bath and North East Somerset and Manor Road has been identified as the most appropriate location for development.

"Our proposal sets out a variety of housing, from two to five bedroom properties, all of which have been specifically designed to meet the housing needs of local people, without compromising the character of Saltford.

"It also incorporates 35% affordable housing, which will help first-time buyers and other purchasers onto the property ladder."

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