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Developer Redcliffe Homes takes another crack at building in North Somerset fields

PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 March 2017

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A housing developer is hoping to build more than two dozen homes in a North Somerset village, on a site where it has already applied to build almost 60 houses.

Redcliffe Homes wants to develop a field off Cox’s Green, in Wrington. It applied to build 59 homes there in 2016 and this application is now set to be decided at a planning appeal, after North Somerset Council took too long to make a decision on it.

However, Redcliffe has now submitted a second application for the site for 28 homes.

The Wrington Village Alliance, which is fighting the original application, accused Redcliffe of unfairly manipulating the planning system by submitting a second proposal.

A spokesman for the Alliance said: “We recognise villages need new homes but these developments need to be community-led and sustainable.

“We feel Redcliffe is unfairly gaming the system and will challenge both applications.”

Although the scheme is located on the edge of the village, Redcliffe says the development will be sustainable and the village’s main amenities will still be accessible.

However, it plans to build a new footpath to connect the northern edge of the site with the centre of the village should the development be approved by council planners.

In its design and access statement, Redcliffe said: “The proposed development will respond to the site and surroundings. The scale, density and character will develop across the site and are appropriate to its rural edge location.

“The proposed development has been sensitively designed, with due consideration to the local vernacular, to produce a development that sits harmoniously within the wider context of Wrington.”

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