Councillors reject housing plans

PUBLISHED: 11:57 19 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:36 25 May 2010

PROPOSALS to double the size of a North Somerset village by building 500 houses on green belt land have been rejected by councillors.

PROPOSALS to double the size of a North Somerset village by building 500 houses on green belt land have been rejected by councillors.

North Somerset members have shown that they believe plans to build on land at the border of Wraxall and Failand should be refused.

Development company, FLP, submitted outline plans for 500 homes, 60 elderly care apartments, a primary school, employment spaces, convenience store, doctors surgery and village green.

If allowed to go ahead, the development, which has been planned for land to the east of Failand, would double the size of the village.

At a meeting of North Somerset Council's centre area planning committee on Monday it was unanimously decided that the plans should be recommended for refusal.

This was much to the delight of Wraxall and Failand Parish Council chairman Chris Ambrose.

He said: "I am pleased and reassured that the councillors were so supportive of the opposition against these plans."

The plans are now due to be considered by a Government planning inspector in March.

This is because North Somerset Council did not make a decision on the plans within the correct time-limit and an appeal was lodged by FLP.

Therefore, the decision made at Monday's meeting will be put forward to show what councillors would have decided if the appeal had not been lodged.

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