Plans for woodland homes are rejected
By The Bristol Post | Monday, November 12, 2012, 05:00
CONTROVERSIAL plans to build two homes in a patch of unspoilt woodland in Nailsea have been rejected by councillors.
Nowhere Lane in Nailsea
North Somerset Council officers rejected plans by developer Vince Nguyen to build two homes on the half acre site at Nowhere Lane off Trendlewood Way.
Mr Nguyen purchased the land at auction last summer, prompting fears among local residents it would be developed for housing.
The site forms part of a bridle path to East End House and the woodland is home to a variety of wildlife including badgers, owls and pipistrelle bats and features around 60 trees, including oak and ash, which are protected by preservation orders.
It is also used by dog walkers, cyclists and local walkers and is also used by dozens of children every day to walk to school.
Residents wanted to see the site retained in its current form and raised a number of objections to the scheme.
Nailsea Town Council also asked for the land to be designated as amenity space in North Somerset's Core Strategy Document.
As part of the development of one four-bed house and one three-bed house, Mr Nguyen proposed to hand over the remaining part of the site to the town council.
Initially proposals were mooted to build five homes on the site, but these were replaced with a smaller scheme following consultation with residents.
Nailsea Town Council had already recommended the scheme be refused on the basis it was overdevelopment of the site and the land should remain as an amenity space.
Now North Somerset officers have also thrown out the plans, saying it is contrary to its own Core Strategy Document.
A North Somerset Council spokesman said: "The site plays an important role in the character and amenity of the area and the land retains an attractive landscaped appearance and includes a number of protected trees."
The news the development has been turned down has been welcomed by local residents who campaigned for it to remain a green space.
Planning consultant Amanda Sutherland, who represented the local residents, said: "This land provides an important visual landscape buffer between the visual built development."
It is not known whether Mr Nguyen will appeal.