Plan for village's future receives council's approval

PUBLISHED: 12:00 30 March 2019

The plan hopes to tackle housing and traffic issues. Photo by Jeremy Long.

The plan hopes to tackle housing and traffic issues. Photo by Jeremy Long.

Jeremy Long \ JCL Photography

‘Important issues’ in Congresbury including housing development and traffic are set to be tackled after a masterplan for the village’s future edged closer to being completed.

Congresbury’s Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) has been approved by North Somerset Council, which handed the document to the Government for a final examination before it goes before villagers for a referendum.

The plan will be used as a framework to guide growth in the village over the next two decades, with hopes of preventing unwanted housing development and alleviating traffic issues on the A370 and B3133.

The plan proposes a limit of 150 new homes until 2036, and four sites – two south of Station Road, one in Glebelands and another opposite Tesco Express on Bristol Road – have been earmarked for a ‘sustainable’ number of houses.

The NDP, which has been formed by Congresbury Parish Council, was approved by North Somerset’s executive committee on March 19 at Weston Town Hall.

Parish council chairman Diana Hassan said: “Congresbury, like many other towns and villages, has been the target for developers over the past 10 years.

“We are not against development, and residents recognise the need for more houses as long as they are in the right areas, in the right numbers and of the right mix to suit the needs of our community.

“We have identified a number of areas we feel appropriate for development.

“Our principles have been of sustainability, so we have chosen sites that are small and within walking distance of services and amenities such as schools, the children’s centre, the library and shops.

“It’s not just about housing but tackling other issues which are important to the community.

“The junctions on the A370 and the B3133 are already near capacity and will come under even greater pressure when other developments are completed.

“We have avoided placing more pressure on these junctions.”

North Somerset’s executive member for housing, Elfan Ap Rees, said the NDP met all the necessary criteria.

He added: “There has been very good liaison between the parish council and officers, and I think Congresbury has done it in a very constructive way. There has been agreement between both sides.”

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