Opposition to bid for 100 homes on Saltford green belt
A developer is being urged to go back to the drawing board after outlining plans for 100 new homes on green belt land at Saltford.
The village's two councillors are opposing moves by Crest Nicholson – the firm which is developing the Western Riverside in Bath – to build houses on land to the south of Manor Road.
The firm held an exhibition last week to outline its proposals.
But Conservative councillors Francine Haeberling and Mathew Blankley say the overwhelming majority of residents they have spoken to are opposed to the plans.
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The politicians say residents in the village are concerned about the proposed scheme, including the impact of traffic on Manor Road, and the fact that Saltford Primary School is already at capacity.
They say they will resist plans which would result in a loss of any of the green belt around Saltford.
Mrs Haeberling said: "Residents in Saltford have said time and again that they value the sanctity of the green belt around our village, which protects Saltford's identity as a separate community. These plans for a 100-home development on Saltford's green belt are therefore clearly unacceptable and we will be opposing them."
Mr Blankley added: "We would urge Crest Nicholson to listen to the feedback they will be getting from residents in Saltford, who have told us they are against these proposals, and instead focus their development plans on brownfield sites like their Western Riverside development."
The firm's development director Ben Miller said the scheme was designed to meet the housing needs of local people.
"There is a severe shortage of housing within Bath and north east Somerset and the site at 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, which will meet demand, but won't be of a scale that will affect the character of Saltford. It also incorporates 35 per cent affordable housing, which will help first-time buyers and other purchasers on to the property ladder."
He said the firm was digesting feedback and would be submitting a planning application to B&NES Council at the end of this month.