Saltford resident speaks out in favour of controversial estate planned on Green Belt land
By BeckyFeather | Monday, January 21, 2013, 20:05
The deadline for comments on Crest Nicholson's plans for 99 homes on Green Belt land at Manor Road in Saltford has again been extended.
Green Belt land in Saltford which Crest Nicholson hopes to develop
People now have until a week today - January 28 - to let Bath & North East Somerset Council know what they think.
Scores of comments have flooded in objecting to the scheme but there has been one lone supporter who says the land is not true Green Belt and that the extra 150 cars that would be generate by the new estate would not make that much difference.
The resident of Tyning Road wrote: "In the Saltford Parish Plan analysis, it clearly shows there are 478 residents of Saltford who would like to move to alternative housing within the village.This development will be their main opportunity to find that option.
"There is no point in the Government spending money on Parish Plans unless we try to implement them.
"The site in question is not a true piece of Green Belt land. It was at one time 'white land' set aside to build a school.
"There are only 200 genuine objectors, but in reality only about 10 of them are affected as there are only eight other properties near the site.
"The objectors' only real concern is traffic but as there are already approximately 3,000 cars already residing in Saltford, another 150 is not going to make that amount of difference.
"Saltford School has over the years grown bigger, then smaller, then bigger again, so is more than capable of adapting to demand.
"This is the last bit of land in Saltford that is suitable for housing; we must not let this opportunity be lost as there are many long-term residents of Saltford (the silent majority) who wish to move within the village."