Appeal training and meeting

PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 August 2015

Members of Congresbury Residents Action Group (CRAG). Photo by Jeremy Long.

Members of Congresbury Residents Action Group (CRAG). Photo by Jeremy Long.


Villagers in Congresbury are ramping up their fight against an upcoming housing appeal, with witness trainers having been appointed and a public meeting to discuss the appeal organised.

Congresbury Parish Council voted to appoint the trainers. They will give guidance on presenting evidence and will talk witnesses through the nature of the appeal procedure, which relates to an 80-home development off Brinsea Road.

Developer Barratt Homes lodged the appeal after North Somerset Council refused to grant it outline planning permission for the site.

Parish councillor Stuart Sampson said: “This will give witnesses a flavour of what the appeal will be like and will hopefully mean people won’t get slaughtered by Barratt’s legal team. It will make sure information is presented effectively and will get the inspector’s full attention.”

A public meeting to discuss the appeal will be held at 7.30pm on September 9 at the memorial hall in the High Street.

It has been organised by both the parish council and housing campaigners Congresbury Residents’ Action Group (CRAG).

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