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Fight to stop new homes plan in Peasedown St John

By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: September 27, 2012

Picture:    Will Nicol

BATTLE: Residents of Greenlands Road, Peasedown St John, are fighting plans to build 89 new homes in the village

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People in Peasedown St John have voiced their concerns over plans to build 89 homes on a field in the village.

A new community group, Residents Protecting Peasedown (RPP), has been formed to fight the proposal by developer Edward Ware Homes for Greenlands Road.

Seventy-four people attended a public meeting with 63 of those a saying they were against the development in a poll carried out by the group.

A petition has also been created and already has more than 300 names from people who do not want to see the land used for housing.

RPP is concerned that the proposed estate will lead to major traffic problems, exacerbate the village's serious parking difficulties, and put more stress on services that are already overburdened.

Members believe the land, which is less than the size of three football pitches, is inappropriate for development because it is on a steep hill and linked to the village high street by narrow roads.

The field is also outside the housing development boundary, the area of the village identified by Bath and North East Somerset Council as appropriate for new housing.

Petra Schofield, from RPP, said: "This poll reflects the strength of feeling in the village against the proposal. This is a much-loved green space and people do not want it to be turned into a housing estate.

"The problems that this housing estate will create far outweigh any possible benefits, which is why so many people oppose it.

"At the meeting, the house builder's planning consultant spoke about the importance of consulting with local people. Our poll shows that people living here don't want houses built on this bit of land – so Edward Ware should drop this absurd proposal now."

Members of the group said they are not against house building in Peasedown but they believe developers need to prove any building work carried out in the village will benefit the community.

Concerns have also been raised about capacity for an influx of children at Peasedown Primary School and road safety for pupils who walk to school along the road which parts of it has no pavements.

There were also fears that the development could have a detrimental impact on the visual appearance of the views across the Cam Valley.

The group is collecting signatures for its petition and is encouraging people to find out more through its website www.residentsprotectingpeasedown.org.

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