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Protesters say No to Park Road plans

CRAG was out in force at The Precinct on Saturday, demonstrating against the proposed new housing estate behind Park and Mulberry roads. Leaflets were distributed to shoppers explaining why the 90 house estate on Park Farm field is socially and environmentally a bad idea. Resident Amie Price-Bates summed up the feelings of many: “The importance of green space, both socially and mentally has become clear since the pandemic.”
CRAG believes the scheme is unsustainable because of the distance from surgeries, schools and public transport links which will encourage greater car use. Amie stressed the need to get objections registered by April 7. Go to North Somerset Council’s website, search for planning applications and enter the reference 22/P/0459/OUT.

Consultation on local planning

Message from CRAG: ‘Here’s an important date for your diary, which could be of special interest to residents of Park and Mulberry Roads.

‘This Thursday, 17 March, North Somerset Council is starting its local plan consultations with a drop-in event at Hangstones Pavillion, Yatton from 3pm to 7pm.

‘This event is specifically for residents of Congresbury and Yatton, where concerned villagers can quiz council officers on how the local plan will shape the development of our villages over the next 15 years.

‘Social media will be used to publicise the events which will take place at various venues around North Somerset over the next six weeks. Formally known as the Preferred Options Local Plan, it is the council’s way of best meeting the development needs for North Somerset up to 2038.

‘Meanwhile, residents of Wrington Lane are still awaiting a response from Vistry/Bovis to CRAG’s legal challenge to their controversial scheme.’

John Mills

CRAG calls for action on Mulberry Road plans

So the battle lines are drawn. An application to build up to 90 houses on land behind Park and Mulberry Roads has been submitted to North Somerset Council.

The application has been made by consultants Lichfields on behalf of developer M7 Planning Ltd and M7SW LLP with a planning fee of £12,536.

CRAG will be supporting residents who wish to object to the plan on the grounds that the village and surrounding areas have had too many new houses in the past eight years. Apart from the obvious extra traffic generated (which ludicrously is not regarded as a planning matter) North Somerset is losing countryside at an alarming rate.

Accompanying the application are reports covering ecology, transport, flood risk, community involvement, heritage and a tree survey, so there will be many aspects for CRAG to evaluate over the coming weeks.

In the meantime, residents who wish to comment on the notion of another 90 houses, plus at least another 180 cars on our roads, can visit the North Somerset Council website, find planning applications and key in the reference 22/P/0459/OUT.

John Mills