Your chance to shape future of development in Congresbury

PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 January 2019

Villagers are being encouraged to have their say on the future of the village.

Villagers are being encouraged to have their say on the future of the village.

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A plan which hopes to shape the future of Congresbury has been published, and villagers have been called on to have their say on the proposals.

A public consultation on Congresbury’s neighbourhood development plan (NDP), which lays out a framework for development in the village over the next two decades, has begun.

Among the proposals is a cap on housing development which would mean a maximum of 150 homes could be built until 2036, and the size of developments would be limited to 25 houses.

Places proposed for housing development include two sites south of Station Road, one in Glebelands and another opposite Tesco Express on Bristol Road.

The NDP also calls for a reduction of the speed limit to 20mph on a stretch of the B3133, and a 30mph restriction has been proposed for all four ‘gateways’ to the village.

Congresbury Parish Council has spearheaded the creation of the NDP, and it called on all villagers to share their views.

Chairman Di Hassan said: “The parish council encourages all interested parties to view the documents and submit their comments during the consultation period as this helps to shape the future of the parish.

“The plan covers many aspects including the protection of heritage assets and of the environment and local spaces and footpaths, highways concerns and potential solutions to calm traffic going through the village, facilities and local employment as well as putting forward potential sites for housing development and changing the settlement boundary.”

The concept of NDPs was created under the Localism Act in 2011.

The likes of Claverham and Backwell have created plans, which have successfully staved off unwanted developments.

The draft NDP was signed off by North Somerset Council, and the authority is hosting the consultation.

A spokesman said: “This plan will help to shape the parish in forthcoming years and will be used to help make decisions on planning applications within the parish.”

The consultation is open until February 25. To take part, log on to www.n-somerset.gov.uk/my-services/planning-building-control/planningpolicy/neighbourhood-plans/

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