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Planning Application Land At Station Close Congresbury

DateFri 12 Aug 2022
Application TypeFull Planning Permission
DevelopmentReserved matters application for appearance, landscaping, layout and scale for the erection of 13no. dwellings pursuant to outline planning permission 18/P/2532/OUT (Outline planning application for a residential development of up to 13 no. dwellings and associated infrastructure with access for approval and appearance, landscaping, layout and scale reserved for subsequent approval)

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Planning Application Land Off Wrington Lane Congresbury

DateMon 08 Aug 2022
Application TypeModification of Section 106 Legal Agreement
DevelopmentModification of Section 106 Legal Agreement on approval 16/P/1521/O to allow amendments to the enforceability clause to include those who have exercised a preserved right to buy into the exclusion; to amend the mortgagee in possession clause so that it is suitable for charging purposes and to amend the initial share purchase percentage to reflect the current Homes England Model Share Ownership Lease

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Public meeting on Rec Club rebuild plans

The Trustees of the King George V Playing Fields in Congresbury have announced that there will be a public meeting to discuss their plans to rebuild the Recreation Club and answer questions. The meeting will be held on Thursday August 4th at 6pm in the club.

The Trustees have also published a leaflet giving more details of the project. The leaflet, below, will be distributed to villagers over the coming days.

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Planning Application 5 Wrington Lane Congresbury BS49 5BQ

DateMon 11 Jul 2022
Application TypeMinor material amendment
DevelopmentMinor material amendment to planning permission 17/P/1052/F (Proposed sub-division of existing dwelling into 2no. dwellings to include the erection of a first floor side extension) to allow for reduction in size of first-floor extension (front and rear), replacement of a pitched gable roof with a smaller flat roof at the rear, and the removal of side windows and replaced with rooflight to rear elevation.

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Plans for new Rec Club finalised 

Exciting new plans to rebuild Congresbury’s ageing Recreation Club pavilion have been submitted to North Somerset planners.

The plans involve a two-storey building on the same footprint as the existing club which is now 60 years old and in a poor state of repair.

These revised plans follow feedback from both North Somerset planners and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to initial pre-planning submissions made in November 2021.

The  major change to the external appearance is the addition of a pitched roof, recommended by North Somerset.

An artist’s impression of how the rebuilt Rec Club will look, built on the same footprint as the existing clubhouse

The ECB supports a two-storey building with a viewing balcony because of the constraints of the site. This allows for four separate unisex changing rooms and showers for both the cricket and tennis clubs for men, women and children to use on the upper level.  This layout creates far more space for the social activities of the club on the ground floor. 

The decision to press ahead with the redevelopment of the Rec Club was taken by the Trustees of The King George V Playing Fields when plans to build a new village hall on land adjacent to the Rec Club and tennis courts were halted through lack of funding despite the huge efforts of those involved.

Echoes of the original new village hall plan can be found in this redevelopment with the ground floor social area capable of being divided into two so both private and members’ use is possible at the same time.

The Trustees are submitting the plans for the new building which will serve the needs of the cricket, tennis and football clubs as well as the social members of the Recreation Club.

Chairman of the trustees Les Owen explained that the pandemic had caused some inevitable delays to the project. “We consulted villagers on our plans more than a year ago and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

“Since then we have spoken to North Somerset planners and been in regular contact with the ECB to make sure our plans are acceptable to them since they are potentially a key grant funder. I’m confident that the plan we now have will not only meet the needs of the sports and recreation clubs but also the whole village.”

The cricket club wants to provide first class facilities for its members with a particular focus on the development of women’s and girls’ cricket and improving facilities for juniors. 

The club regularly hosts junior county matches but has had to turn down requests to host junior county girls’ matches because of the current inadequate changing facilities. 

“New changing rooms are essential for us to meet the demands of the modern game, increase participation and attract the calibre of players we need,” said chairman Geoff Wilcock. ‘’Four flexible use changing rooms will enable us to grow our girls’ and women’s section and to increase the amount of girls’ and women’s cricket played through the ability to host away teams.’’ 

For the tennis club, which has ambitions to build a fourth ‘pay and play’ court, a new pavilion with more flexible changing rooms and enlarged social facilities would allow it to recruit more players while raising additional funds through more social events. 

“We want to increase junior coaching, offer cardio tennis and walking tennis for injured, less mobile and older players, and provide disabled access to the courts with the potential for wheelchair tennis,” said chairman JL Hagger.

Stu Smith, chairman of the football club, believes that wider community participation in the Recreation Club “can only bring the football club to more people’s attention and would hopefully lead to more support in terms of volunteers, spectators or players and may even help in the formation of new teams.” A lack of volunteers means the club does not at present run junior teams but it is keen to reintroduce them as well as adding women’s and veterans’ teams. 

Could bats stop Park Road development?

Winged cavalry in the shape of horseshoe bats have joined forces with CRAG in an effort to thwart the building of a new housing estate behind Park Road, Congresbury.

In a review of the developer’s Ecological Impact Survey, the Natural Environment Service office finds that more information is needed to comply with UK wildlife law and both national and local policy. The office states that before determining the outline application for 90 houses on land north of Mulberry Road, developer M7 must show clear proposals for “replacement horseshoe bat foraging habitat to be provided.”

If that was not enough to stop the development in its tracks, the review continues: “Lighting strategy to be provided demonstrating habitats retained as dispersal corridors and foraging habitat for horseshoe bats will remain unlit.”The office also wants to know how the developer will create a wildflower grassland on site; the location of a reptile receptor site, and the location of compensatory hedgerow planting.

The office concludes that: “An application should be refused (or withdrawn) if there is insufficient information to form an evidence-based assessment or if it cannot be demonstrated beyond reasonable scientific doubt that there will be no significant negative impacts on the SAC (Special Area of Conservation).It sounds to CRAG as if the best way to meet all these requirements, is to leave the field exactly as it is.

John Mills

Planning Application Silvercraig High Street Congresbury BS49 5JA

DateWed 18 May 2022
Application TypeFull Planning Permission
DevelopmentListed building consent for the demolition of the existing front porch and erection of a new canopy over the front door, replace 8no. windows to the rear and repair of existing windows to the front. Repair render and redecorate outside of house; rebuilding of the side porch on the South East elevation with new glazed roof and new single glazed timber windows and new half glazed painted panel door.

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Planning Application 3 Hill Park Congresbury BS49 5BT

DateFri 06 May 2022
Application TypeFull Planning Permission
DevelopmentPrior approval request for the erection of a single storey rear extension with a flat roof that would 1) extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by 4.0 metres; 2) have a maximum height of 4.0 metres and 3) have eaves that are 3.5 metres high

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