Update November 2021

It’s been a while since we updated the website so here’s an update on what’s been going on in and around Nailsea recently.

The genuine need for more houses in this country has to be balanced against the need to protect our open spaces, and this balance has also to be in places that are accessible. In this respect Nailsea is probably not suitable given that the infrastructure as it is, is barely adequate for the current population. Furthermore every route to and from the town has at some point along its length, one or more pinch points which mean most commercial vehicles cannot pass each other at all and often cars too.

Engine Lane

On the greenfield site to the west of Engine Lane, being marketed as Parish Brook (not to be confused with its namesake off Hanham Way) construction has begun on the lay-out of the estate’s roads on its western edge and the removal of many trees. National Grid has almost completed its work on undergrounding the cable link as part of the Hinkley C development. Nailsea Town Council is considering legal action against National Grid for the delay this has meant and for the reduction of houses to be built from the originally planned 183 to the currently planned 171. Attractive though the prospect of further funds into the Town Council’s coffers is, because it could be spent on the good of our town, N.A.G. doubts the action would be successful, not least because the Council was informed in 2015 of the need to carry out this work and the area required (see letter below):

Extract of Letter from Barratt Homes to Nailsea Town Council 10th August 2015

Youngwood Lane

On the greenfield Youngwood Lane site, to be known as Netherton Grange (not to be confused with nearby Netherton Wood), two houses are up to  roof level (very high the roofs are too) on the edge of Netherton Wood Lane, and much ground work has taken place elsewhere on the site. At the moment the Bridleway that forms the north boundary of this development is open again. N.A.G. is closely monitoring the development and has been in touch with the site manager on several occasions to raise concerns over illegal parking and traffic issues around the site, and loud music emanating from the site. N.A.G. also raised a delay in the re-opening of the Bridleway with North Somerset Council following the expiry of the Temporary Closure Order.

A key planning condition to provide a Construction Environmental Management Plan, imposed when the original planning permission was granted, is yet to be discharged. N.A.G. has raised this with North Somerset Council and are awaiting a response.

The Uplands

Following a brief reprieve, after the scrutiny panel asked Executive Member Steve Bridger to reconsider his decision, North Somerset Council has confirmed the appropriation of the Land South of the Uplands for Housing Development. Building looks set to go ahead unless rumors that Nailsea Town Council is investigating the possibility of legal action to oppose the appropriation come to fruition.

The Perrings

Planning permission has been granted by North Somerset Council for building on open green space just off The Perrings close to the junction with Youngwood Lane much to the annoyance of Nailsea Town Council which strongly opposed it not least on the grounds that it was in the strategic gap between Nailsea and Backwell. This gap was redrawn immediately prior to permission given to exclude the area for this housing.

Trendlewood

Outline planning permission has been given by North Somerset Council for 24 houses to be built on open green space between Trendlewood Way and Bucklands Drive. It is thought that the charity that owns the land may seek to sell it on. There are potential issues with protected woodland and with sewerage as the housing is downhill of the main drain (as is also the case for The Perrings site). It is suspected that, to maximise profits, a new purchaser would seek to minimise the number of affordable homes and increase the number of houses to be built.

Wraxall – Greenfield Crescent

The potentially huge development (600+ houses) on open green space to the north of Greenfield Crescent is technically in Wraxall parish, so its council is updating its Neighbourhood Plan specifying why this build should not take place.