Shop approval to be reviewed

PUBLISHED: 13:30 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:34 25 May 2010

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A CONTESTED scheme to build a shop in Congresbury will be decided upon by councillors after planning officers gave it their backing.

A CONTESTED scheme to build a shop in Congresbury will be decided upon by councillors after planning officers gave it their backing.

The plan for a convenience store at the former site of The Bell Inn has been approved by North Somerset Council highways department, paving the way for the development to go ahead.

But village councillor Tom Leimdorfer has asked the application be debated by the south area committee.

However, the deadline for this month's meeting had passed when the council made its decision, so it could go the February gathering instead.

Scores of residents have objected to the plan, which has been put forward by Bristol-based developer Land and Buildings Limited, saying it would threaten existing shops and cause increase traffic.

Congresbury Parish Council chairman Pete Sewell said: "We are still strongly objecting to this, the fact that the officers objections have been watered down doesn't mean our position has changed."

When the scheme was announced, there was also a plan to put affordable housing on the site, which has been closed since the pub closed more than two years ago.

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