Green light for 59 homes is the ‘worst possible outcome’

PUBLISHED: 06:42 02 December 2017

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A developer has been given permission to build dozens of homes on the edge of Wrington, despite villagers’ concerns over flooding risks, a lack of school places and not enough jobs in the area.

Redcliffe Homes’ scheme for 59 homes at Coxs Green has been given outline planning permission, despite being turned down by North Somerset Council in the summer.

Councillors have since voted in favour of allowing a development of around half that size to be built, but following an appeal to a housing inspector, Redcliffe has been given the go-ahead for the full scheme.

MORE: ‘Back-stabbing’ council slated for failing to support village action group.

It will need to get more detailed plans ratified by the council ahead of building work starting.

The Wrington Village Alliance described the planning appeal decision as the ‘worst possible outcome’.

Sally Bartlett, from the campaign, said planning inspector Paul Singleton had not taken its legitimate concerns onboard.

She said: “There’s nothing else we can do.

“He has ignored a number of the villagers’ objections, especially those about flooding.”

Mr Singleton’s report says Wrington is a ‘vulnerable’ village when it comes to flooding and that the road does retain water regularly, but states these are not severe enough to reject planning permission.

He dismissed villagers’ fears over road safety, saying a proposed path and narrowing the road would not be dangerous.

He also ruled the 900m distance to Wrington’s ‘good range of services and facilities’ was not unreasonable.

A Redcliffe spokesman said the firm hoped to begin building next year and added: “We are very pleased the inspector agreed with us that due to the lack of housing in North Somerset, Wrington is a sustainable village where future housing growth should take place.”

The planning inspector said arguments over building outside settlement boundaries could not be accepted as 
they are too old and ‘not up-to-date’.

The Mercury has asked North Somerset Council to comment on its out-of-date village boundary plans.

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