Villagers rally to fight plans for 59 houses

PUBLISHED: 04:36 10 March 2017

Wrington villagers campaigning against the development at Cox's Green with North Somerset MP Liam Fox.

Wrington villagers campaigning against the development at Cox's Green with North Somerset MP Liam Fox.

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Plans to build 59 homes in Wrington will now be decided by a planning inspector - but villagers are warning the scheme is dangerous and unsustainable.

Developer Redcliffe Homes wants to build the homes off Cox’s Green, and the application will be determined by a planning inspector at an appeal after North Somerset Council took too long to make a decision.

Redcliffe says the development will be sustainable and sensitive to the village’s needs should it be built, but the Wrington Village Alliance – which formed last year in response to the plans – claims the estate would cause a number of problems.

A spokesman for the alliance said: “The proposed development is outside the settlement boundary and is on grade two agricultural land.

“It is also not the barren wasteland the developer describes, it is a site that is relatively unspoilt and home to a rich collection of wildlife.”

In its design and access statement, Redcliffe said the development would be ‘high’ quality and would respect the area’s physical constraints.

It said: “The application is for a sensitively-designed residential development that will provide a new sustainable development. It will use the local character and assets of the site to develop a scheme with its own sense of place, creating a high-quality development that is accessible to the amenities of Wrington.”

However, campaigners say the roads surrounding the site would struggle to cope with an increased number of cars – and added the risk of the site flooding would be significant if it is developed.

For more details about the alliance, contact Sally Bartlett on 07785 039741 or email wrington.village.alliance@gmail.com

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