Barratt Homes appeals refusal

PUBLISHED: 14:00 25 March 2015

Members of Congresbury Residents Action Group held a protest march against the Barrat Homes plans last year.

Members of Congresbury Residents Action Group held a protest march against the Barrat Homes plans last year.

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IN CONGRESBURY, the prospect of an extra 80 homes being built on the outskirts of the village has increased yet again.

Barratt Homes’ scheme for off Brinsea Road was turned down by North Somerset Council last month.

But the developer has lodged an appeal against the authority’s decision and a Government planning inspector will now make their own ruling. No date for the public appeal has been set, although it is likely to be heard in the summer.

Barratt wants to build 80 homes just outside Congresbury’s village boundary but the idea was rejected amid fears over the proposed housing estate’s size and its potential impact on such a rural area.

Concerns over increasing traffic at the already busy Smallway and High Street junctions were also raised.

Mary Short, chairman of Congresbury Residents’ Action Group (CRAG), said: “The fact the council has employed a barrister shows how important this case is. It’s not only significant for Congresbury residents who do not want an isolated estate outside the village, but it has implications for towns and villages fighting uncontrolled development.”

While Strongvox Homes waits to hear if it can build 19 houses off Venus Street, another application has also been submitted to North Somerset.

Sunley Estates wants to build 54 homes in Cobthorn Way, but CRAG is again concerned by the idea and will hold a demonstration in the village’s precinct from 8.30-11am on Saturday to raise awareness of it among residents.


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