Bridge/Bleadon Road 200 Houses plus Other Facilities

Posted on 10th April, 2018



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UPDATE: NSC Refuse see blog here


UPDATE: 04 MAY 18 BPC Comment (Min 308.6) "To Consider the following Planning Applications: ... 17/P/5545/OUT - Land Off Bleadon Road. Outline planning permission for the erection of up to 200 dwellings etc. It was noted that 200 homes added to a village of just over 500 homes would alter the status of the village each household is likely to have at least one car. It was noted that additional finance from council tax, potential younger families and perhaps new services could be considered benefits but not at such a scale. A comprehensive and well-research presentation was read out by a councillor, detailing how the application was against NSC’s Core Strategy. AGREED that councillors will refine the presentation and submit as a comment objecting to the application. Cllr Sheppard returned to the room. For her benefit the Chairman confirmed that the council had agreed to object based primarily on the presentation paper (?)


BPC Actual submission to NSC on 08 May 2018.


Outline planning permission for the erection of up to 200 dwellings, a Health Centre, a Doctors Surgery, retail outlets and office/employment space with all matters reserved for subsequent approval. Land Off Bleadon Road Bleadon North Somerset.


Comments deadline is 03 May 2018. Here is the link to the application 17/P/5545/OUT on North Somerset Council Planning website.


If you prefer to post your comments then the postal address is:  

North Somerset Council

Development Management

Post Point 15

Town Hall


BS23 1UJ 

If you do make comments on this BOB blog (below), please also make sure that they are made to, and appear on, the North Somerset website link as above. As otherwise they will be ignored by NSC. Please also remind your neighbours too.


The Bleadon Acting Together Group is also happy to help and hear from you if you would like some further information.UPDATE (15 may 2018): The group submit an objection to NSC re: 200 houses application via a proffesional consultant.




Important Dates


Application Received DateFri 15 Dec 2017
Application Validated DateTue 20 Mar 2018
 NB: Press AdvertMon 9 Apr 2018
Expiry Date (comments)Thu 03 May 2018

 NB: BPC ExtraOrdinary Public Meeting

Fri 04 May 2018
Statutory Expiry DateTue 19 Jun 2018
Determination DeadlineTue 19 Jun 2018


NB: When did NSC officers, and or District Councillors, notify BPC about this application? This application was published on the NSC Planning Weekly & Monthly Lists, validated week beginning 19 Mar 18, accessible to Parish Councils? BPC met on 12 Mar & 28 Mar 18, and APM on 09 Apr 18. There was no BPC Full Council meeting scheduled in April and there is none scheduled until 14 May 18 (as of 10 Apr 18).


A few notes:

  • Bleadon is an Infill Village (NSC CS33) with development defined in relation to a Settlement Boundary.
  • This large scale application is outside the settlement boundary.
  • The Bleadon Parish Plan stated that residents are against development if it affects the character of Bleadon and/or affects its environment
  • Residents rejected a proposal in 2011 for playing fields and a potential Doctors Surgery if it came with large scale housing development
  • Residents rejected a proposal in 2017 for a school and 250 houses and submitted a petition signed by residents to the landowners.
  • Additonal information on this potential development site can be found on BOB.
  • Just because health facilities/doctor's surgery is offered doesn't mean that it will be built and/or staffed. NSC do not manage this service (NHS England/Central Government do).
  • Worst case scenario, 200 houses are built but no health/doctors services.


If you would like to effectively object to this application, information on how to do so can be found on BOB. Also a resident has asked BOB to post these objection notes.



What policies and plans can be used to protect Bleadon?


Bleadon Parish Plan

In the adopted 2009-29 Parish Plan, as seen in the 103 Improvements, residents of Bleadon made it quite clear that they wanted to retain the character of Bleadon "Ensure that new development remain the scale and style of our Somerset village . Ensure that all new development remains within the Village Settlement Boundary" Also, "Through the Planning process vigorously question all development outside the Village Settlement . Protect and enhance bio-diversity and the rural landscape through the District Council's Planning and Environmental policies"


Bleadon Neighbourhood Plan

In Dec 2012 BPC originally investigated a Neighbourhood Plan but ultimately decided against one (Min 249.5.5). In Aug 2017 BPC "Estimated two years to complete the full plan, however highlighted that if there is an emerging plan it is something that will be considered in local planning decisions." (Min 298.25). In Feb 2018 stated "The initial urgency [for a NDP] was due to grant funding ending in March 2018" ; acknowledged that the "opportunity to limit current over-development has [already] been lost" and then "Agreed that the Neighbourhood Plan Process be suspended." (Min 305.10). In Apr 18, at the Annual Parish Meeting, BPC were asked to update 'all' residents on their NDP Project to date. Hopefully BPC will release the project information, and state whether there is an 'emerging plan' from their project work since July 2017, that can help Bleadon with this application, ASAP.


NSC Local Plan

"The Core Strategy is the main planning document which guides development choices and decisions in North Somerset. The strategy was adopted on 10 April 2012. Following a high court challenge nine policies were remitted for re-examination". Hopefully BPC can update residents on this and how it can help Bleadon with this application ASAP., Policies that may help include:


NSC New Local Plan. "Work has now commenced on the new Local Plan which will provide detailed policies and additional housing, employment and other land allocations up to 2036. It will review and roll-forward policies and allocations in existing development plan documents and plan for the housing, jobs and infrastructure set out in the Joint Spatial Plan (JSP)" Hopefully BPC can give residents an update on these projects and how they can help Bleadon with this application ASAP.


NSC Sites & Policies Plan

In Jan 2018 District Councillor Porter stated "... With regard to NSC’s Sites and Policies Plan, he was hopeful that the Inspector would sign it off as acceptable in the not too distant future and this would put the planning authority in a much stronger position." (Min 304.4) Hopefully BPC can give residents an update on this and how it can help Bleadon with this application ASAP.


Settlement Boundary

In Aug 2017 BPC "To review and discuss the correspondence regarding North Somerset Local Plan 2018-2036 - Bleadon Settlement Profile." (Min 298.7) Hopefully BPC can give residents an update on this and how it can help Bleadon with this application ASAP.


Related Weston Mercury Reports

18 May 2018

Residents Oppose Application

30 April 2018

200 Houses and Services - Outline Application

17 Dec 2017Boundaries concern
24 Nov 2017School Plan scrapped
03 Nov 2017Residents Petition
10 Oct 2017Prettiest Village
22 Sep 2017250 houses and School
25 July 201716 Houses in Purn Way
24 Jun 201770 Houses Bleadon Hill


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Hi may 2 2018 around 6pm another accident between Catherine's Inn and bridge garage medical helicopter needed my point is and they want to build 200 houses on those fields!!