Planning inspector rules old village boundaries should not stop new homes being built as plans are approved

PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 December 2017 | UPDATED: 07:15 01 December 2017

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Developments outside settlement boundaries should be allowed, according to a planning inspector, because North Somerset Council has not reviewed them recently enough.

Paul Singleton this week permitted a 59-home scheme for the edge of Wrington, which had been strongly opposed in the local community.

Redcliffe Homes’ scheme at Coxs Green has therefore been given outline planning permission, despite being turned down by the council in the summer.

MORE: North Somerset Council quits appeal hearing.

Councillors have since voted in favour of allowing a development of around half that size to be built, but following an appeal to a housing inspector, Redcliffe has been given the go-ahead for the full scheme.

It will need to get more detailed plans ratified by the council ahead of building work starting. Redcliffe hopes to be on site next year.

The Wrington Village Alliance described the planning appeal decision as the ‘worst possible outcome’.

Sally Bartlett, from the campaign, said Mr Singleton had not taken its legitimate concerns onboard.

She said: “There’s nothing else we can do.

“He has ignored a number of the villagers’ objections, especially those about flooding.”

MORE: Council happy for 29 homes to be built in Wrington.

Mr Singleton’s report says Wrington is a ‘vulnerable’ 
village when it comes to flooding and that the road does retain water regularly, but states these are not severe enough to reject planning permission.

He dismissed villagers’ fears over road safety, saying a proposed path and narrowing the road would not be dangerous.

He also ruled the 900m distance to Wrington’s ‘good range of services and facilities’ was not unreasonable.

The planning inspector said arguments over building outside settlement boundaries could not be accepted as they are too old and ‘not up-to-date’.

Ms Bartlett believes this will have major ramifications for towns and villages across the district.

The Times has asked North Somerset Council for a response to the inspector’s decision.

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