Plans for woodland homes are rejected

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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.

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.



  • Profile image for Chris_Nailsea

    Unfortunately, there is now some less excellent news: Mr Nguyen has decided to appeal against the decision by North Somerset Council to reject his planning application.

    This means that the final planning decision will be made by an independent planning inspector. The appeal process is final: that decision is irreversible, so the stakes are high.

    It is therefore absolutely essential that the local community write to the Planning Inspector in support of the decision to reject the planning application, thus safeguarding this amenity site which is appreciated by so many people.

    Please write to the Planning Inspector, before 17 January 2013:
    Hazel Stanmore-Richards
    The Planning Inspectorate
    3/10b Wing
    Temple Quay House
    2 The Square
    BS1 6PN

    You must send 3 copies of your letter, which must also include the appeal reference number: APP/DO121/A/12/2187915.

    The important points to include in your support of refusal of the appeal are:

    - the piece of land off Nowhere Lane acts as a buffer between residential developments and plays a vital role in the visual character and amenity of the area;

    - the site is next to part of Trendlewood Park, which is a haven for several species of wildlife and natural habitats;

    - vehicular access onto Nowhere Lane - a narrow bridle path - and then onto Trendlewood Way would be dangerous to pedestrians.

    You should also mention that Nowhere Lane is used extensively by the local community and many others walking the entire route of Trendlewood Park, which extends from Station Road to Lodge Lane in Nailsea. Any development on this site would scar the site itself and Trendlewood Park, which is a green oasis running through the heart of Nailsea.

    Previous planning history:

    In 1988, an appeal against refusal for the erection of one detached dwelling on this site was dismissed (reference 0745/88). The Inspector at the time's comments were that the proposal would have an adverse impact on the visual amenity and character of the area. The impact on protected trees and wildlife habitat and the access onto Nowhere Lane were also unacceptable. Since that appeal, nothing in the area has changed.

    In 2004, another outline planning application for development (reference 04/P/0370/0) was also refused, for the same reasons as the 1988 appeal decision.

    In view of this history of applications for development of this unspoilt site being consistently rejected, anyone with an interest in the matter must write to the Planning Inspector before 17 January 2013, to make your views known.

    It will be too late, once the final decision is reached: please do write now!

    Thank you,


    By Chris_Nailsea at 17:35 on 06/01/13

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    Excellent news!

    By Chris_Nailsea at 13:38 on 12/11/12

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