68 New Homes
North Somerset Council
Key Project Information
- 68 new homes including 21 affordable homes.
- New public open space, ecological enhancements and play space.
- Wider benefits of improving connectivity, supporting existing local bus services and boosting the local economy through consumer spending.
The project is an edge-of settlement scheme with landscape and ecology sensitivities so it required a carefully thought-through design to gain officer recommendation for approval.
Despite being located outside the settlement boundary, we built a robust planning case to convince planning officers that any harm to the AONB and local landscape setting would be sufficiently mitigated by generous biodiversity enhancements that will result in an overall net gain in biodiversity.
In addition, our sensitive lighting scheme proposal and generous landscape buffers planted with Devon hedgebanks helped to weigh in favour of the scheme in the overall planning balance.
Long term benefits
The scheme will deliver a 10% net gain to biodiversity on site, as well as upgrading a local public right of way to enhance connectivity across the site.
“We are delighted that our outline application for new homes in Churchill was approved. We are committed to continuing to work closely with local stakeholders as we bring forward our reserved matters application for the site to ensure that the development delivers benefits for the existing local community as well as potential future residents.”