New homes plan rejected

PUBLISHED: 09:08 20 February 2015 | UPDATED: 09:08 20 February 2015


BARRATT Homes’ plan to build up to 80 homes in Congresbury have been rejected by North Somerset Council members.

Councillors unanimously voted on February 11 against building homes outside the village boundary off Brinsea Road amid concern over the scale of development, damaging Congresbury’s character and the detrimental affect it would have on road safety in the village.

The decision has been welcomed by the Congresbury Residents’ Action Group (CRAG) which has lobbied against Barratt’s plans since they first came to light last year.

Georgie Bigg, speaking on behalf of the Campaign To Protect Rural England, said ‘inappropriate developments’ such as Barratt’s were ‘speculative’ and ought to be blocked by the council.

Council planning officials had recommended members rejected Barratt’s plans.

One major concern was over the proposed two traffic islands in High Street near the Ship And Castle pub which were designed to help pedestrians cross the road because it would be busier with cars going to and from the development.

However, campaigners, councillors, planning officers and a local haulage firm said such a plan was dangerous because it left little margin for error, should any driver make a mistake when turning at the busy junction.

Barratt Homes believed its plans would improve Congresbury and provide more housing for families in the area, however hundreds of villagers filed objections to the council.

Mary Short, CRAG’s spokesman, said: “Barratt may appeal and we must be ready to defend the village against all developers seeking to exploit the hiatus in the planning process.

“We need a core strategy for the growth of our village that has been decided by local authorities in partnership with residents.

“That is the democratic way of ensuring homes are built where they are needed and where it is appropriate.”

CRAG meanwhile will continue to object to plans to build 19 homes off Venus Street and another application for houses off Cobthorn Way.

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