As much as we recognise the need for more social housing in our area, and the benefits that Curo could provide as a housing developer in Peasedown, our view on the development of this site in Greenlands Road remains unchanged.
We have been for several years, and continue to be so, opposed in principle to any houses being built on this land.
Over the last twenty-five years our village has seen considerable growth with more than 1,300 new homes built.
As much as we have welcomed these homes, and more importantly the people that have settled here, the village has not seen the same level of growth in the amount of amenities – meaning that those services we have are completely stretched to capacity.
We cannot support any application by Curo to build housing in Greenlands Road for the reasons we have outlined previously, and continue to do so:
- The gradient/landscape of the land is unsuitable for a housing development of this size
- Access to and from Greenlands Road (via Bath Road) is dangerous. The junction already has severe visibility issues. The access via Firgrove Lane is narrow and unsuitable for large numbers of vehicles.
- Greenlands Road and nearby Hillside View already suffer from a severe shortage of adequate parking spaces. The removal of the current parking ‘frontage’ in Greenlands Road will only exasperate this problem
- Local services, such as the school, GP surgery, dentistry etc are already full to capacity.
- The strength of public opinion against this development is far greater than any other campaign we’ve seen locally in the last twenty years. More than 1,000 villagers signed the petition against the development, almost 300 objection letters were sent to B&NES, and the full weight of the parish council, neighbouring parish councils, and B&NES councillors (past and present) have opposed any attempt previously to build homes here.
Housing on this proposed site in Greenlands Road is unsuitable, and it’s for these reasons that we cannot support Curo’s application.
Cllr Karen Walker and Cllr Sarah Bevan