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Appeal Victory

Congresbury Residents Action Group (CRAG) is celebrating the fact that another speculative building scheme for the village has been thrown out by a planning inspector.  Last month, more than 25 supporters of CRAG turned up for the official hearing into the Strongvox scheme to build 24 houses on land off Brinsea Road – almost opposite the site where Barratts were turned down two years earlier.
Planning Inspector Gareth Thomas heard from North Somerset Council the reasons why the scheme had been refused planning permission. And he upheld the council’s decision and agreed with residents that the scheme would change the character of the approach to the village.   For full report click here 
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Wrington Hill footpath change

The public footpath running from Wrington Road to Cleeve Hill Road (named St. Congar’s Way) will be changed from a footpath to a bridleway allowing access to horses & cycles.

Objections can be made up to 2nd October.      Click for full details.

CRAG’s response to Planning Inspector’s call for more housing sites

CRAG has responded angrily to a planning inspector’s call for North Somerset to provide sites for 2,500 houses over the next few years.
The inspector had been looking at the council’s Site Allocation’s Plan, which sets our housing needs to reach North Somerset’s housing target.  But because the inspector did not accept that North Somerset could deliver the required number, she has asked the council to identify the housing sites for “up to 2,500 dwellings”.
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John Mills, CRAG
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Appeal celebration

To celebrate the decision of the planning inspector in turning down the Wrington Lane appeal, Congresbury Residents Action Committee – CRAG – is having an open session at The Plough, 7pm Tuesday.    Although this is not the end of the matter, by turning down Gladman’s appeal the inspector has dealt the land agent a blow where it hurts – in their substantial pockets.   For more information, and to raise a glass or two, come along to The Plough on Tuesday evening (20th).
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Gladman Appeal Rejected by Inspector!

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

CRAG quizzes Parliamentary candidates

Congresbury Residents Action Group – CRAG – along with eight other North Somerset groups, is seeking assurances from potential MPs in two parliamentary constituencies before people vote on 8 June.

The groups, known collectively as North Somerset Village Alliance, are sending a series of questions to all candidates in Weston and North Somerset. The questions are designed to elicit the views of each candidate on unrestricted development.

On behalf of residents, the action groups want to know their opinions on housing and jobs, on traffic growth and subsequent pollution. The groups also want to know how the candidate would demonstrate a commitment to the rural aspect of the county.

CRAG’s Mary Short said: “Our county is a splendid mix of seaside, industrial, agricultural and rural landscapes threatened by unrestricted development.

“The countryside should be there for everyone to enjoy, but once it is gone it is gone forever.”

John Mills

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Planning Application

Planning application for consideration at PC Planning Committee meeting on Monday 27th March.
Proposed two storey front extension at Corner Cottage, Smallway,   Congresbury.
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Action group on high alert

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.

John Mills

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Residents Action Group vow to fight Wrington Lane development

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.

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Villagers angry at lack of consultation

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.

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REMARKABLE RESULT AT PLANNING MEETING

On Wednesday afternoon, 11th January, North Somerset Planning and Regulatory committee met to consider the Gladman application for 50 houses on a field off Wrington Lane. The application has been roundly condemned by hundreds of residents, Congresbury Parish Council and Congresbury Residents Action Group. North Somerset planners had not decided in time and the matter is now the subject of an appeal for non-determination to be heard in March. Planning officers have already recommended refusal of the development in a strongly worded Statement of Case to the Planning Inspectorate. By Wednesday 4th January this sturdy document had been watered down, so that pedestrian safety was now being cited as the only planning reason for refusal.  To read the whole report please click here gladman-planning
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