Development decision expected ‘before Christmas’ – council

PUBLISHED: 09:08 24 November 2015

CRAG outside Weston Town Hall.

CRAG outside Weston Town Hall.

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A landmark decision, which could have major ramifications for the future look of North Somerset, could be made before Christmas.

Barratt Homes’ plan to build 80 homes off Brinsea Road went to a public inquiry after its application was turned down by North Somerset Council.

However, planning officers confirmed this week they expects to hear the inspector’s decision before Christmas.

A target date of December 4 has been set, although the decision may not be reached by then because the inquiry took longer to complete than initially anticipated. However, a result is certainly expected before Christmas.

Barratt’s plan has concerned many living in the village who believe it will cause extra pressure on already stretched key services, such as schools and doctors.

They also argue it will make the roads more dangerous, with the High Street and A370 junction being widened, although the council believes Barratt’s revised scheme is acceptable.

However, the council continues to argue that the proposed development is outside the village boundary and too large for the surroundings.

The decision, while having a large bearing on Congresbury, also could give an indication of what the future holds for other villages in the district.

Outstanding planning applications are to be decided by North Somerset Council in Backwell, Claverham and Yatton and the Barratt’s verdict is the first real test of the council’s revised housing strategy of 20,985 homes from 2006-2026, imposed by the Government.

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