PROPOSALS to build a major housing development of almost 100 homes in a North Somerset village are set to be decided next week, writes Local Democracy Reporter.

Over 1,000 people have lodged objections to the developer M7 Planning’s 'Pineapple farm' plans, which would see 90 homes built on a field off Mulberry Road, in Congresbury.

Now North Somerset Council’s planning committee is due to make rule on whether to grant planning permission on Wednesday (October 11).

M7 said in a statement submitted with its planning application to the council: “The new development will deliver much needed new homes and affordable housing, providing a range of house types and tenures with the opportunity for community infrastructure, connected green infrastructure and recreation.

“Planning approval at Mulberry Road offers to deliver a vibrant sustainable new community with its own distinctive identity.”

But Congresbury Parish Council has opposed the plans. In a statement, it says: “The plans will effectively be urbanisation of the east side of Congresbury.”

Many local residents have called on the council to refuse to grant planning permission.

A total of 1,109 people have lodged objections to the scheme on the council’s planning portal, while just eight people have left a comment in support.

Last year, 120 people turned out on the fields with placards to protest against the development, with a spokesperson for Congresbury Residents Action Association saying: “Most residents of Park and Mulberry Roads as well as many other residents of the village know the importance of the field as a vital resource for exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

“It is also a haven for wildlife, and a traditional aspect of the village leading down to the River Yeo.”

The Environment Agency also lodged an objection to the plans, raising concerns about new vegetation near the river, although that was later withdrawn after their concerns were addressed.

North Somerset Council’s planning officers are recommending that the plans are approved, but it will be up to councillors on the planning committee to make the final decision.

The planning committee will meet in Weston-super-Mare Town Hall at 2.30pm on Wednesday October 11.