Developer loses battle with council over path from housing estate

PUBLISHED: 07:34 26 October 2019


A housing developer’s plan to start building 50 homes in Congresbury has suffered a setback, following a row over a path linking the development with the rest of the village.

Gladman Homes was granted planning permission to build houses off Wrington Lane two years ago, but the project has stalled over a planning dispute.

North Somerset Council insisted as part of the agreement Gladman must provide a continuous path from the development to the junction of Kenn Road, so as to ensure pedestrians' safety as the lane is narrow.

Gladman has on three occasions sought to get the requirement altered. At first it wanted to remove the path proposal, but compromised by saying it could provide one, but people would have to cross the road at various points.

It said there were issues with land ownership, which meant a continuous path was not possible - although that claim has been disputed.

Its altered proposals would also have seen the road width narrowed, prompting concerns over whether emergency vehicles could get through to be raised by opponents.

North Somerset Council believed the suggestion was unacceptable, but Gladman took it to a planning appeal.

The council has learnt it won the appeal, to the delight of Congresbury Residents' Action Group (CRAG).

Mary Short, chairman of CRAG, labelled the proposal as 'flawed' and 'unsafe' ahead of the appeal.

The group says it awaits Gladman's next move.

Although planning permission for the 50 homes has been agreed, it remains provisional subject to all conditions being met.

CRAG held a meeting earlier this month to update villagers on plans for the area.

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Congresbury parish councillor Stuart Sampson said it was great news the village had approved a neighbourhood plan last month, with 86 per cent of the votes in favour.

He said once North Somerset Council approves the plan, the village would have 'a degree of control over future development'.

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