Joint Spatial Plan would ‘destroy countryside’

PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 February 2018

Villagers protesting against proposed housing developments at Ladymead Lane, Churchill.

Villagers protesting against proposed housing developments at Ladymead Lane, Churchill.

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‘Devastating’ housing plans were the subject of a protest attended by Congresbury villagers.

Congresbury Residents’ Action Group (CRAG) marched alongside protesters in Churchill on February 3 to air its concerns over the Joint Spatial Plan (JSP).

Proposals for a ‘garden village’ of 2,800 homes north-west of Churchill and Langford are included in the plan, which is aiming to plug the West Country’s housing shortfall in the next 18 years.

CRAG believes the plans should be scrapped.

A spokesman said: “This would have a devastating impact on Congresbury’s services, roads and quality of life, as well as destroying more countryside and the wildlife habitat.

“This plan is even more difficult to comprehend than usual given there is a perfectly-viable alternative for a garden village – The Vale – on unused land on the outskirts of Bristol where there are existing jobs and infrastructure.”

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