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.
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Planning inspector Anne Jordan has rejected the appeal by developers to build up to 50 houses on land off Wrington Lane, Congresbury.
The appeal, by land agent Gladman Developments was against North Somerset Council’s non-determination of the issue within a given time period. Ironically, the council, which had at first opposed the scheme, then decided to give it the green light. 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.