Local planning news : Dozens object within days to plans for 130 homes in Paulton

  Posted: 12.10.21 at 12:25 by By Local Democracy Reporter Stephen Sumner

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Up to 130 homes could be built on farmland in a “logical extension” to Paulton.

Gladman Developments wants to build on a 7.4-hectare site off Farrington Road and says 30 per cent of the properties would be affordable.

More than 80 people have already objected just days after the Bath and North East Somerset Council registered the application on its planning portal.

Kate Low said: “Paulton village is already fit to burst. The school is oversubscribed, there are long waiting times at the doctors and the roads are very congested with heavy traffic.

“Our village can not cope with more housing. We need to keep our beautiful green spaces.

“We already have two major new housing estates, we do not need another.”

Steve Baggaley said in his objection: “The volume of traffic already travelling through the Farrington Rd / Downsway is becoming somewhat dangerous – this development will only just increase the likelihood of a serious accident.

“Why isn’t Gladman looking for brownfield sites to build on, not our countryside?”

Andy Ferris said: “The overdevelopment of Paulton must come to an end. This once community driven, thriving village now is over capacity for the facilities, amenities and provisions for this village.”

He said developers had promised to build amenities like a school, pub or care home but none had delivered, adding: “Paulton is full. Please stop. Save our village.”

Ward councillors Grant Johnson and Liz Hardman have branded the developers “chancers” and said they would “fight this all the way”.

Gladman said the homes would help to tackle the national housing crisis by “providing new homes for real people who are in real need now”.

It said in its application: “The site is a logical extension to Paulton. It is a sustainable location being situated within walking distance of local facilities, services and public transportation links.

“The development can positively address site constraints and successfully integrate with the urban edge and landscape surroundings.

“The development will create new amenity space for both new and existing residents and will enhance public access across the site.

“This statement confirms Gladman’s commitment to the delivery of a high-quality development and demonstrates that up to 130 dwellings can be accommodated in a sustainable location, whilst remaining sympathetic to the existing setting of the site and providing a wealth of benefits for the community of Paulton.”

B&NES Council will decide the fate of the application.

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