Barratt Homes will present draft plans for new housing in Nunney at an exhibition in Nunney Church on Wednesday 22 January 4-7pm.
UPDATED: Tuesday 21 January 9.00am
Barratt Homes has told Nunney Parish Council that it plans to apply for permission to build up to 100 houses between Glebelands and Nunney Catch.
The proposals were unveiled in a packed extraordinary meeting of Nunney Parish Council at Dallimore Mead Hall on Tuesday 14 January. No planning application has been submitted yet.
The sheer number of new homes proposed took some by surprise. It was previously suggested that between 54 and 70 homes could be built on the site.
Members of Nunney Parish Council raised concerns over potential extra traffic past Nunney Pre-School and Nunney First School, flood defences, sewage works and noise from the Nunney Catch transport car park.
Nunney Parish Council has previously identified the land, owned by the Diocese of Bath and Wells, as the only suitable site for new housing development. Land to the east of Catch Road was considered less favourable, as it would extend significantly into the surrounding countryside.
A survey on behalf of the parish council showed the need for affordable housing for local residents. For the past four years the parish council has been in talks with the diocese and potential developers.
Barratt Homes recently secured an ‘option’ through the normal tendering process.
Barratt Homes aims to submit a planning application for a mixture of 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes, including family homes and around 30 affordable homes.
The application process would take around 13 weeks to complete. Construction on the site is expected to take two and a half years.
The plans also include widening part of Green Pits Lane and improvements to existing roads and footpaths.
The developers promise “a significant contribution” to local schools plus jobs and significant additional spending to the local economy.
The 30 affordable homes proposed for the site would include rent or part-buy with priority for people who have a clear link with Nunney. Barratt’s also wants to create a new children’s play area to the north of the site with facilities for both teenagers and younger children.
A public exhibition of the outline plans to build new homes will take place in Nunney Church on Wednesday 22 January 4pm to 7pm. Barratt Homes said it welcomed the chance to discuss its proposal with local residents.
An informal meeting was held at Castle Kitchen on Monday 20 January to collect opinions and worries of Nunney residents in connection with the proposed development. A further meeting is planned for Monday 27 January at 7pm, also in Castle Kitchen.
Andrew Smith of Conversation PR, a public relations firm acting for the developers of the housing scheme, told Visit Nunney: “Just to be clear, the Parish Council hasn’t been in discussions with Barratt Homes about the proposal – the meeting last week was the start of our consultation with the community and their representatives.”
“We understand people may be concerned about the proposals, but hope anyone who is interested comes along to the public exhibition where the draft plans will be on display, and the various technical experts will be on hand to discuss concerns and answer questions.”
“There are, in our view, some very good reasons for proposing up to 100 homes. In Mendip District Council’s Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) – which identifies sites for potential development – it says this site would be appropriate for up to 100 homes. Mendip District Council has assessed this level of housing as suitable and sustainable for Nunney.”
“For local people there are some good reasons for the extra homes too. It would mean more affordable housing, a large – as well as equipped – play area and potential improvements to drainage and flooding in the area.”
“But, as I say, we’d like people to come and talk to us, so we can seek to address their concerns.”
Once a planning application is submitted by Barratt Homes, Nunney Parish Council and local residents will have further opportunities to influence the proposed development during the consultation stage.
A spokesman for the development said that he expects the new homes to lead to increased business for the shop, pub and café in the centre of Nunney.
Councillor Francis Hayden expressed concerns, however, that the new development will split the village further and lead to a new centre towards Nunney Catch.
Since the 1940s new housing developments have gradually been added to the existing housing stock in Nunney.
Sunny Hill is believed to have been built to compensate for the demolition of homes in the centre. The initial plans included demolition of many more old cottages on Church Street and Horn Street.
After protest, only some of the cottages opposite The George at Nunney and elsewhere were demolished in the late 1930s under the Slum Clearance Act. Other housing was added on Castle Hill, Berry Hill, Dallimore Mead, Fulwell Lane and Frome Road.
Nunney did not have its own parish council when the Flowerfield estate was built. Frome Parish Council, then responsible for Nunney, took the decision to build a housing estate in Nunney.
Mendip District Council have identified potential site for over 15,000 new houses and have a target to build between 300 and 500 a year over the next 15 years. Frome and Beckington have also recently unveiled proposals for housing developments.
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