Pensford boasts an impressive viaduct, a fourteenth century church, and a Grade II-listed village lock-up but only has about a thousand residents. Just up Pensford Hill from the historic village centre is local reclamation yard, JAT Environmental Reclamation.
John Albert Tyler had applied to Bath and North East Somerset Council for permission in principle to redevelop the yard and build six homes on the site, but was turned down in September. Council officers stated that the development was outside of Pensford’s housing boundary and would have a greater impact on the green belt than the current use as a reclamation yard.
Mr Tyler is appealing the ruling, arguing that the reasons given are not applicable to a “permission in principle” application. Now Mr Tyler has submitted a fresh application scaled-back to two to four homes while the original application is considered at appeal.
A design and access statement submitted with the application stated: “The proposed development of two to four new build dwellinghouses will allow for the redevelopment of a brownfield site to provide essential houses in the village of Pensford, which are in a suitable location for development.”