Group urges MP to fight 'unsustainable' housing

PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 July 2015

John Penrose MP with CRAG members Nick Green and Mary Short.

John Penrose MP with CRAG members Nick Green and Mary Short.

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A housing action group has made 'impassioned pleas' to MP John Penrose about protecting North Somerset's countryside from large-scale housing developments.

The Congresbury Residents’ Action Group (CRAG) held a meeting with Mr Penrose to express concerns about the effect possible development could have on the village.

According to a CRAG spokesman, Mr Penrose told the meeting he had been working with North Somerset MP, Dr Liam Fox, to press Secretary of State Greg Clark for a decision on the number of homes which need to be built in North Somerset by 2026.

The Times revealed earlier this month the decision on whether 20,895 new homes were too many for North Somerset has been delayed. That figure was set by independent planning inspector Roland Punshon after he ruled the authority’s original figure of 14,000 homes was too low.

A CRAG spokesman said: “Mr Penrose said they were trying to get an answer (on the housing number decision) before the recess of the House of Commons, otherwise the answer will probably have to wait until September.

“Members of CRAG made impassioned pleas to retain the beautiful countryside around Congresbury.”

Reflecting on Mr Penrose’s comments after the meeting, the spokesman said: “The meeting was very positive.

“Mr Penrose understands the problems Congresbury and other North Somerset villages face, and we hope he will be able to convince Mr Clark that unsustainable development is no answer to the national need for new homes.”

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