Social media reacts to critics of JSP’s new housing plans
PUBLISHED: 13:00 23 December 2017
Residents have been ‘ignored’ over plans which could ‘destroy’ a North Somerset village, according to a pressure group.
Churchill and Langford Residents’ Action Group (CALRAG) has told of its ‘horror’ at plans to build thousands of homes in the parish.
The Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) – which is the brainchild of North Somerset Council and other local authorities in the West Country to plug the area’s housing shortfall – plots to build a 2,800-home village on the edge of Churchill and a 1,900-home village near Banwell.
But CALRAG fears for the village’s future if the plan is approved.
A spokesman said: “Churchill village will be destroyed.
“Many are still unaware of the plan or the scale of the development which will turn the village of Churchill into a town the size of Wells, but without the essential infrastructure or cultural centre offered by the cathedral and market place.
“It is estimated 100 per cent of those attending a recent public consultation left in horror or disbelief at the plan for such a huge project and the way residents are being ignored, bearing in mind many had attended a similar consultation on the JSP just a year previously.”
Many people took to social media to share their view.
Matt Deakin said: “It’s always people who happily own their house or have paid their mortgage off who complain about new housing. Their village was a new development once upon a time.”
Ian Goodman wrote: “Where do they expect their kids to live when they finally leave home if there aren’t any houses for them?”
Amy Elliott commented: “It’s totally selfish of the people who live there to be making a fuss and complaining. What gives them the right to say houses shouldn’t be built near them?”
Pete Bromley said: “Lets face it, when did the council ever listen to the residents it serves?”
Jim Inglis wrote: “Did the same people turn out and protest when Worle village was expanded and St George’s was built? Didn’t think so, so what is the difference?”
Ricki Burrows said: “What about the silent majority? It seems a handful of moaners outweighs a great number of people who are silent. They should vote out the politicians who allow this if they disagree.”