Churchill Village to become a dormitory town of 3,936 houses

2,800 new houses, additional population of almost 7000, have been planned to be built in a new development at Churchill, changing Churchill from a rural village into a town at the foot of the Mendip Hills AONB.

Most people accept that small amounts of appropriate house building within and around our villages is needed, it is the immense scale of the proposed plans that will destroy our culture of village life.  Churchill is a Service Village and as such should have limited development.  Already our fair share of development is taking place with set quotas of affordable homes have now been built here.  

 

We have all chosen to live in the countryside, we enjoy the beautiful environment and tranquility which is accessible to all.  The huge number of new houses already being built in Churchill on agricultural land beside the Mendip Hills AONB is changing our rural village.  More homes as planned in the now withdrawn West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) and cunningly referred to as 'Mendip Spring Garden Village' will turn our villages into a town almost the size of Wells, considerably larger than Yatton, half the size of Clevedon. NB This will not be what is officially described as 'Garden Village' as it has not been given the official 'Garden Village status.  GVs are a very different concept to that which is planned here - it is merely a cosy name!

The ecological damage will be irreversible.  Such development is referred to as a remote Strategic Development Location (SDL) which, along with other remote SDLs represented a particular concern to the Inspectors of the Public Examination of the JSP.  It is concerning that North Somerset Council planners refuse to take Mendip Spring Garden Village 'off the table'.  It is unsustainable, undeliverable, is remote from public transport connections and destroy the beautiful setting of the Mendip Hills AONB and wildlife.  John Penrose MP and Patrick Keating, Lib Dem councillor for our area agree that Churchill and the surrounding villages should be included in a new 'Protection Zone' (Robert Jenrick's White Paper on reforming the planning system August 2020) to include the villages adjacent to the Mendip Hills AONB.

The facts
  • 850 current houses in the Parish of Churchill and Langford

  • 2235 current population of Churchill and Langford  

  • 219 new houses already approved and under construction in Churchill. A further 66 are in the pipeline.  Of these 30% should be affordable BUT local people are not given priority.  

  • 2,800 houses proposed in JSP for Churchill and Langford.  

  • 3,936 total number of houses in Churchill and Langford  if the JSP approved. - This is a Town, not a Garden Village as incorrectly described by North Somerset Council.

  • High Density housing including 3 and 4 storey buildings near the base of Windmill Hill.

  • Affordable housing:  The West of England Authorities' own evidence demonstrates that Churchill/Mendip Spring New Town cannot provide affordable housing due to abnormal development costs.  

  • 5000+ commuters each way daily into Bristol - local roads will be heavily congested.

  • Employment:  Very limited skilled/unskilled local jobs.

  • Ecology: Irreversible damage to Mendip Hills AONB and Windmill Hill.

  • Cricket and football pitches will disappear. 

  • 1,900 new houses proposed for Banwell in JSP. 

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