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Big Breakfast for Weston Hospicecare

The BIG BREAKFAST in CONGRESBURY for WESTON HOSPICE CARE will take place a bit earlier than usual this year, on SATURDAY 15th SEPTEMBER 9.30 to 12.00. It will also be changing venue and will take place in the METHODIST HALL (approx. opposite the Ship and Castle car park) There will be the full breakfast or lighter bites, stalls, raffle and more. This is always a big fund raiser for WHC so please put it in your diary and come along and support us.

Planning Application

Land At Wrington Lane Congresbury

Date Tue 06 Aug 2018
Application Type Variation of condition 6 from application 16/P/1521/O
Development Variation of condition 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

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Residents protest over change to housing plans

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.

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New Village Hall – pledge update

The deadline date for the pledge request has been extended to the end of September to give more time for the community to significantly increase the amount raised currently standing at £111,275.

We have had made some changes; the minimum amount for the shares pledge will be £100, and pledges can be made online via our website –

We are in discussions with a potential investor willing to make a substantial pledge to help the project achieve its targets, subject to some conditions. If we can finalise this pledge it will be a significant boost to the project and help with our discussions with potential funders. But the community must reach the minimum £250,000 target.

Some 127 pledges have been received so there are well over 2,000 other people in the village who could pledge.

We are working through the feedback we have received and will issue further updates over the next couple of weeks.


Pedestrian crossing feedback, by Ian Shepherd

Part of the feedback we received from the pledge request for the new village hall, regarded sorting out the pedestrian crossing at the Precinct as some see that as a higher priority.
As I use this crossing daily and have experienced how dangerous it can be. I did write to North Somerset Council (NSC) back in 2012, but as only 1 recorded incident happened in the previous 3 years their only suggestion was using the local speedwatch group to monitor, but that did not happen.

There is currently an opportunity to lobby the Parish Council by commenting on its transport section of the Neighbourhood Plan –…/Congresbury%20Neighbourh…

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YACWAG. Yatton & Congresbury Wildlife Action Group

In the latest newsletter, you will find a report on the Love Congresbury weekend at St Andrews, the Claverham bat survey reveals it is best out of 868 other sites across the country and much more.

If you are making a will, please consider making YACWAG a beneficiary as a way of supporting future land purchase.

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For the website click here.



Planning Application

Land South Of Cobthorn Way Wrington Lane Congresbury

Date Fri 13 Jul 2018
Application Type Reserved matters application for matters of appearance, landscaping, layout and scale for the erection of 38 dwellings
Development Reserved matters application for matters of appearance, landscaping, layout and scale for the erection of 38 dwellings pursuant to Outline Consent 15/P/0519/O ( for residential development of 38 single and two storey dwellings (including 11 affordable homes) with vehicular access off Wrington Lane/Cobthorn Way together with open space, landscaping, drainage features and pumping station. Details of access to be decided but all other matters reserved for subsequent approval). Discharge of conditions 7 (public footpath); 8 (surface water); 9 (foul water); 10 (landscaping); 13 (sample of materials); 14 (boundary treatment); 16 (ecological protection plan); 21(Construction method statement); 22 (Energy); 23, 24, 27, 28 and 29 (Drainage/Flood management) from application 15/P/0519/O

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Future plans for Churchill & Langford queried

A series of questions on the viability, legality and wisdom of aspects of future plans for Churchill and Langford, has been delivered to North Somerset Council by a local action group.
Churchill and Langford Residents Action Group – CALRAG – posed the questions to the council’s Strategic Planning and Economic Development Scrutiny Panel, the influential committee that steers councillors in shaping the future of the area.   Read more

Middlecombe Nursery Celebrates 30 years in Congresbury

Established since 1988, Middlecombe is very much a family business run by husband and wife, Nigel and Isy North. It’s home to a wonderful selection of shrubs, perennials, climbers, grasses, conifers and trees, many grown on site, alongside quality Dutch and Italian stock including large specimen plants for instant gardens and a wide selection of exotics, palms and bamboos.

Situated a short distance from the A370 between Bristol and Weston-super-Mare, on the edge of the village of Congresbury, the site covers approximately three acres in a slightly hidden countryside setting.

The nursery has car parking and is within easy walking distance of a Bus Stop on the Bristol road. 

Wrington Road, Congresbury, BS49 5AN
Open to the general public. Check the website for seasonal opening times.

Planning Application

Land To The South Of Cadbury Garden Centre Bristol Road Congresbury

Date Wed 27 Jun 2018
Application Type Reserved matters application for layout, scale, appearance and landscaping
Development Reserved matters application for layout, scale, appearance and landscaping following outline planning consent 16/P/2982/O (erection of up to 21no. dwellings. Access to be determined with all other matters reserved for subsequent approval) for the erection of 21no. dwellings

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Village fete sizzling and successful

Tropical temperatures did not deter villagers from flocking to St. Andrew’s church paddock, for Congresbury village fete and Flower show, which was better than ever this year, with attractions for all ages.

The upbeat sound of the Cadbury Saxophones encouraged slackers to the event, and the paddock was filled with stalls, manned  by different village groups, coupled with a bouncy slide and ball pool, and a display by Avon Owls.

The Morgan car display of handmade luxury vehicles, and the vintage cars displayed by Debbie Fortune, the Audi shortly destined for Le Mans, drew appreciative crowds, mainly men.

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