Road safety fears over 25 new houses

Wednesday 19th November 2014 12:00 am
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CAUSING CONTROVERSY: Land in Southend Lane, Newent. ()

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A BID to build 25 houses at Southend Nurseries in Newent was described as 'barmy' by one councillor.

Planners deferred making a decision due to concerns over road safety and pedestrian access.

Coun James Bevan (Con, Lydney East) described the plans as 'barmy' due to the lack of a footpath – despite a Highways report estimating the housing development generates 50 pedestrian trips to the town centre every day.

However, planning officers recommend that the development is given the green light.

Coun Len Lawton (Con, Newent Central) said: "Newent Town Council was horrified to hear that the proposal was recommended for approval.

"The head of the planning department attended a Newent Town Council meeting and told councillors that the District Council had its five year land supply.

"Now that it doesn't, they would like to see somebody's head on a pole in the Market Square.

"The question is whose? Whether it be the head of the department or the portfolio holder. Personally, I'd go for both.

"In this instance, this is a development that is outside of the town. It's not sustainable. There are no footpaths. The lane is in a dreadful state."

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