Villagers’ ‘vision’ for future published in draft neighbourhood plan

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 August 2018

Congresbury's draft neighbourhood plan has been published, and parish council chairman Di Hassan believes it will give villagers power over the future of Congresbury.

Congresbury's draft neighbourhood plan has been published, and parish council chairman Di Hassan believes it will give villagers power over the future of Congresbury.

Archant

‘Direct power’ has been given to villagers, who hope to shape the future of Congresbury.

The village’s draft neighbourhood plan has been published, with hopes of creating a framework for housing, infrastructure and employment development for the next two decades.

A cap of 150 new homes in total and a maximum of 25 homes per development have been proposed in the plan, which vows to ‘preserve the unique identity of the village’.

Five sites – two south of Station Road, Glebelands, opposite Tesco Express on Bristol Road, and Smallway, adjacent to the recently-approved site – have been put forward as potential locations for around 25 homes.

The plan suggests a 20mph limit on a stretch of the B3133.

The importance of employment sites has been emphasised, with ‘exceptional circumstances’ required to convert commercial buildings into housing.

Improvements to the Strawberry Line, funded by developers’ contributions, are also planned.

Congresbury Parish Council chairman Di Hassan believes the plan will ‘give villagers the direct power to develop a shared vision and shape the development and growth of Congresbury’.

Neighbourhood plans were created under the Localism Act by the coalition Government in 2011, giving villagers more control over development.

Claverham and Backwell authorities have created plans, which have successfully staved off unwanted developments.

A consultation on the draft is underway, and a final version will be subject to a referendum next year.

Congresbury’s North Somerset councillor Tom Leimdorfer encouraged villagers to take part in the consultations.

He said: “After two years of work we have learned a lot about the possibilities and limitations of a neighbourhood plan.

“It cannot solve all the problems, but it can have positive effects on the future of the village as we saw in both Backwell and Claverham.

“It is very important now to have the views of residents, especially on issues like the proposed 20mph speed limit and other highways issues, possible changes to the settlement boundary and enhancing our environment and local heritage.”

To view the plan, visit www.congresbury-pc.gov.uk

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 17:00

A new flu vaccine is available and elderly people in North Somerset are being urged to take advantage of it.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00

The uncertainty of Brexit has prompted a fall in net migration in North Somerset, but the district’s population continues to swell due to people moving from abroad.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:00

A Portishead man will celebrate his 60th birthday spending a night alone on Denny Island to raise money for Black Nore Lighthouse.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:00

Thousands of households will not receive scheduled changes to their waste collection after a senior change at Biffa.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:00

More than 20 bags of rubbish have been collected during a litter pick in Portishead.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00

Problems with flight information boards at Bristol Airport over the weekend have been blamed on a cyber attack.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00

Dozens of villagers shared a delicious breakfast of bacon butties and sausage sandwiches at the weekend to raise valuable cash for charity.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:00

Plans to build a medical centre between Congresbury and Yatton have been put on hold.

Read more
Tue, 17:00

A decision on whether a flammable substance can continue to be stored in fuel tanks close to houses has been deferred.

Read more
Tue, 16:00

A state-of-the-art football training facility will be built in a village after councillors approved the plans.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the North Somerset Times e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 10°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Clevedon Tide report

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

North Somerset Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Find planning applications