Groups to show a united front against housing?

PUBLISHED: 10:00 04 December 2015

CRAG outside Weston Town Hall protesting against the Barratt Homes application.

CRAG outside Weston Town Hall protesting against the Barratt Homes application.


A Congresbury housing campaign group wants to present a united front against the threat of housing development by joining forces with similar action groups in North Somerset.

Villagers who wanted to protect Congresbury from large-scale housing plans formed the Congresbury Residents’ Action Group (CRAG) last year. The group has since campaigned against several large developments in the village – including Barratt Homes’ plan to build 80 homes off Brinsea Road, which was rejected this week by a planning inspector after an appeal.

However the threat is not limited to Congresbury, with developments planned for Backwell, Claverham and Yatton, where the No Moor Development group has been protesting against the possibility of 849 homes being built in the village.

This has led CRAG to announce that a meeting will be held in the coming weeks to decide how the district’s campaigners can unite and work together.

The group’s chairman Mary Short said: “We are not against providing homes in our village and think there should be development, particularly low-cost housing. But we know from our experience with Barratt that we need to pool our resources with other North Somerset villages.

“CRAG has learned that we need qualified specialists in several disciplines – planning law, transportation, ecology to name just a few – and we would urge anyone qualified in these areas to join us.”

To join CRAG’s campaign, email or search for CRAG on Facebook or @CRAGNews on Twitter.

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