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BATH: Radstock’s new neighbourhood

BATH: Radstock’s new neighbourhood

Gladman\'s previous masterplan for Old Road. Gladman

Developers are targeting a bigger piece of farmland on the edge of Radstock with plans for 255 homes after a smaller scheme was rejected. 

Gladman was denied permission for 160 properties on a 10-hectare site north of Old Road in 2019 following more than 200 objections.

Its new outline plans say it wants to develop on that land and another eight-hectare parcel south of the road, describing the “high quality, sustainable new neighbourhood” as a “logical extension” to Writhlington.

The site straddles Bath and North East Somerset’s boundary with Mendip.

Gladman said in its application: “The proposed scheme would make an important contribution to the identified housing need across Bath and North East Somerset and Mendip, support national and regional objectives of boosting the supply of homes through sustainable developments and ensure the delivery of affordable housing.

“As with any greenfield site, the development will introduce changes to the area and some urbanising effects and it will involve the loss of some agricultural land, however this is to be expected and … can be delivered with negligible long term, wider landscape and visual impacts.

“The development of the site as proposed would be both suitable and sustainable.

“It will help to deliver much needed new, quality, family homes, in a community where people wish to live, in a suitable and sustainable location close to existing public transport, shops, employment opportunities and community services.”

Gladman’s previous plans were rejected because the site is outside the settlement boundary, the proposed access off Manor Road was substandard and it failed to demonstrate there would not be a severe impact on the road network. There were also concerns about bats and the land’s archaeological potential.

Under the new £25million proposals, the main access for vehicles will be a priority controlled junction from Frome Road, while Old Road will be realigned and will become a one-way eastbound road from the school drop-off zone to the site’s proposed spine street.

There would also be an extension to the Manor Road allotments, a drop-off area for St Mary’s Primary School, six hectares of open space and four hectares of retained farmland.

Up to 30 per cent of the new homes will be affordable, a total of 76.

Bath and North East Somerset Council will consider the application, reference 21/04509/OUT.

Words: Stephen Sumner, Local Democracy Reporter


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