Expert to help fight homes plan

PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 September 2015

A370 junction with High Street, Congresbury.

A370 junction with High Street, Congresbury.


A traffic expert is set to join a village’s fight against the prospect of a large housing development being built, after a vote by parish councillors.

A consultant will be recruited in Congresbury to review data and report on whether a proposed mitigation scheme by developer Barratt Homes will be able to accommodate an increase in traffic, which could arise if Barratt builds 80 homes off Brinsea Road.

The development’s fate will be decided at an independent inquiry on October 6, after it was refused planning permission by North Somerset Council.

Barratt has proposed to mitigate the development’s effect by widening the A370’s junction with the High Street, and the council has said this is ‘acceptable’. But the parish council disagrees and will ask a consultant to review Barratt’s traffic statistics.

Peter Tonks spoke at the meeting on behalf of the Congresbury Residents’ Action Group (CRAG).

He said: “We don’t think Barratt’s figures represent traffic flows in the village in any way shape or form. Not appointing a traffic consultant would let the village down and weaken the fight.”

Councillor Janet Dickson was ‘disappointed’ the safety of the plans could not be argued against.

She said: “Within the last week I have witnessed three lorry incidents which, had there been a pedestrian there, I think would have been quite serious.

“I think we need to give our legal team as much ammunition as possible against Barratt and we need a professional who can interpret the data.”

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