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Angry villagers from Cobthorn Way, Wrington Lane and Verlands besieged Congresbury Parish Council meeting on Monday to raise their strong objections to the tactics adopted by Strongvox, who have taken over the development at the bottom of Cobthorn Way from Sunley Homes, the original developer.
Strongvox have applied to the planning authority to replace the original mix of 38 properties with 21 four-bedroomed houses, instead of a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroomed units, and the original four bungalows reduced to one. The 11 affordable units cannot be changed.
|Date||Thu 10 May 2018|
|Application Type||Variation of condition – GLADMAN DEVELOPMENTS LIMITED|
|Development||Variation of condition No. 6 from application 16/P/1521/O (Outline planning application for the erection of up to 50 residential dwellings (including up to 30% affordable housing), structural planting and landscaping, informal public open space, surface water attenuation, vehicular access point from Wrington Lane and associated ancillary works. All matters reserved with the exception of the main site access point) to amend approved highway improvement scheme|
Congresbury Residents Action Group (CRAG) has learned that a number of significant changes to Wrington Lane proposed by land agents Gladman are to be rejected by North Somerset Council’s highways department.
More than 25 supporters of Congresbury Residents Action Group (CRAG) turned up for the official hearing into the Strongvox scheme to build 24 houses on land off Brinsea Road. The hearing at the Royal Hotel, Weston, also drew members of the village Parish Council and district councillor Tom Leimdorfer.Read More
After three and a half days of close argument, CRAG’s team at the Wrington Lane public inquiry, ably led by Peter Walton, are quietly hopeful of a positive outcome.
Praise for CRAG’s efforts came from District Councillor Tom Leimdorfer who said he was immensely proud of the village. “We knew that we were up against land agents with very deep pockets using top experts and an aggressive business model,” he said.
Friday’s session ended with evidence from two important witnesses for Gladman.
The first, a landscape architect tried to argue that 50 new houses in a field would not alter the character of the surrounding area. The second, Gladman’s town planner, tried to convince the inspector that because North Somerset could not prove a five year supply of land for development, their appeal should be allowed.
Congresbury Residents Action Committee (CRAG) has decided take on a development company at a public inquiry due to take place later this month. CRAG made the decision to fight Gladman Homes after North Somerset council’s U-turn to approve a decision to allow building.
In August 2016, North Somerset planners cited four good reasons for opposing an appeal lodged by Gladman Homes for their application to build 50 dwellings on land off Wrington Lane.
Now six months later, following advice from planning officers, the council has done a 180 degree turn and approved the plan – even though they had already approved a scheme by Sunley Homes for 38 houses in a nearby field.
Congresbury Residents Action Committee (CRAG) was placed on high alert this week in readiness for a coming battle with land agents Gladman. After last week’s surprise u-turn by North Somerset Council’s planning committee, CRAG has decided to take on the developer’s plan for 50 houses in Wrington Lane.
The council had already approved a plan for 38 homes on Wrington Lane and has now accepted a further 50 on a road that, protesters claims, is barely adequate for current trafﬁc volumes, said CRAG’s Mary Short.
CRAG will provide the main opposition to the developers if there is a public inquiry next month. “CRAG has a pretty good track record of organising for a public hearing and we’ll be ready to give Gladman the same treatment that saw Barratt Homes lose two years ago,” added Mary.
This will involve leaﬂets, a survey of local residents, the organising of witness statements and how to respond to cross-examination if it should get that far. CRAG is aware that Gladman could decide to withdraw from the public inquiry at the last minute.
Congresbury Residents Action Group (CRAG) was angry but determined to fight on this week after North Somerset Council betrayed the village and decided to approve a new building scheme.
Most of the council’s planning committee followed the u-turn by officers and agreed to the proposal for 50 houses on land off Wrington Lane, Congresbury.
Despite passionate, well-informed arguments from local councillor Tom Leimdorfer and CRAG members Susan Hibberd and Peter Walton, a majority of the committee followed the party line and approved the scheme.
Congresbury residents living on and near Wrington Lane are furious that North Somerset Council has not written to them about a proposal to make the road even narrower than it is at present.
They want to be given the chance to comment formally on a last-minute road amendment from Gladman Developments to their application to build 50 houses on this country lane. North Somerset Council wrote to only a few homes very close to the proposed development asking for their comments.
Congresbury Residents’ Action Group (CRAG) is keeping a close watch on archaeology work on the field off Brinsea Road behind Nomis Park.
Developer Strongvox is considering a plan for 24 houses on the site, but because of the proximity to earlier finds of Roman kilns, North Somerset Council is carrying out an archeological survey.