Call to fight proposal for prime fields

PUBLISHED: 08:00 15 March 2015 | UPDATED: 10:16 19 March 2015

Village will fight plans for Farleigh Fields.

Village will fight plans for Farleigh Fields.


DEFIANT villagers from Backwell have vowed to do everything in their power to protect Farleigh Fields.

Backwell Parish Council voted unanimously in favour of objecting to a planning application from Charles Church to build 340 homes on prime agricultural land in the village.

The authority is now calling on North Somerset Council to abide by the village’s neighbourhood plan and reject the proposal.

Speaking at Backwell Parish Council meeting on Thursday, chairman Bob Taylor said: “We stand by our neighbourhood plan.

“The history of Farleigh Fields shows that this council will always go to the end of the world to make sure this doesn’t happen.

“We will be calling on North Somerset Council to refuse this application.”

Backwell Residents’ Association (BRA) echoed the council’s concerns and is now appealing for villagers to object to the plans on North Somerset Council’s website.

The parish council and BRA have been fighting to protect the fields for 30 years. In 2000, BRA spent £20,000 and the council spent £42,000 fighting developers’ proposals.

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