Villagers prepare to fight to protect Farleigh Fields
PUBLISHED: 09:00 13 February 2017
Backwell Parish Council and North Somerset Council are preparing to fight plans to build 220 homes on Farleigh Fields.
North Somerset Council refused to grant planning permission to housing firm Charles Church in June last year as it said the development would have a ‘detrimental impact on the character of the area’ and put a strain on resources.
The prime agricultural land is also protect by Backwell’s neighbourhood plan, which was completed in 2014, and adopted by North Somerset Council.
The plan allows for 65 homes to be built in the Moor Lane area between now and 2026.
Charles Church is challenging the council’s decision and the hearing will start on March 14 and is expected to last eight days.
Parish council chairman Bob Taylor said: “Both North Somerset Council and Backwell Parish Council have continually objected to Charles Church’s development for many reasons, mainly as it does not conform with the Backwell Neighbourhood Plan.
“The council has been overwhelmed with requests from concerned residents asking if they can attend the appeal hearing, and in some cases if they can address the examiner with their views and comments.”
The hearing will be held in the Town Hall, in Weston, on March 14, 15, 17, 21, 22 and 23, in Backwell Parish Hall, in Station Road, on March 16 and at the Royal Hotel in Weston on March 24.
The parish council has organised a coach trip for the hearing dates in Weston, which will pick people up from Rodney Road, at a time to be arranged.
Anyone interested in attending or speaking can call Cllr Taylor on 01275 464653.
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