BATH: 40 new homes approved next to new primary school
Forty homes are set to be built next to Midsomer Norton’s new £10.9million primary school.
Backhouse Housing Ltd has secured approval for the greenfield site off Silver Street despite the town council’s concerns about a lack of parking.
Outline permission was granted in 2019 for up to 40 homes, the recently opened 630-place Norton Hill Primary School, a 64-bed care home and 15 age-restricted homes.
Plans are yet to be submitted for the care home or age-restricted properties.
Backhouse said in its application: “The scheme is designed to be lived in and to grow with its residents, to give a focus for the new community through a shared ownership of open spaces provided.
“Buildings are to be constructed from high quality, long lasting materials, with features such as a fabric first approach and systems that minimise water wastage included, while interior layouts can be adapted and change over time.
“Overall, the proposed development represents a sensible proposition, accords with the outline approved drawings and is in an established and sustainable location.
“It will provide much needed new housing as well as many identifiable, tangible and long lasting benefits for the local area.”
A dozen of the properties will be classed as affordable, with the other 28 available on the open market.
The application was approved by Bath and North East Somerset Council officers.
Words: Stephen Sumner, Local Democracy Reporter
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