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Village rallies against ‘greedy’ developers

PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 June 2016

Liam Fox with the disgruntled residents.

Liam Fox with the disgruntled residents.

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Villagers in Wrington have united against a developer’s ‘devastating’ plan to build more than 80 homes in their community.

Redcliffe Homes wants to build 83 homes on agricultural land between Cox’s Green and Havyatt Road, opposite the Havyatt Industrial Estate.

The southernmost part of the site is located in a flood plain and, although Redcliffe says homes will not be built there, villagers argue the development will threaten the future of an ‘already vulnerable area’.

The Wrington Village Alliance was formed by concerned villagers in response to the plans and they met with North Somerset MP, Dr Liam Fox, on Friday to discuss their fears.

The group said: “The Cox’s Green development – (which is) by a river – will place already vulnerable properties under risk from flooding.

“The roads – many of them single track – surrounding the development flood regularly throughout the year and are already overwhelmed by large freight lorries delivering to the two trading estates, as well as the local traffic.

“Of course more houses are needed, but inappropriate land in North Somerset’s villages should not be the ‘cash cow’ for greedy and speculative development.”

The group says it is working with other housing action groups across North Somerset to share ideas and ensure communities are protected from inappropriate development.

Member Sally Bartlett said: “We all recognise the applications are different, but at the heart of it is a group of very concerned residents who do not think the cumulative effect of getting rid of all this green space is being looked at.

“The green spaces in the villages are really important and Wrington will never be the same.”

Although Redcliffe has yet to submit a planning application for the development, it says the scheme will contain a mixture of two, three and four bedroom houses and will include a proportion of affordable housing. It also says it plans to redesign Cox’s Green to create a pedestrian footpath.

A statement from Redcliffe said: “Proposals include the realignment of Cox’s Green, to the north of the site, to allow for the creation of 
a pedestrian footpath to run alongside the road, to connect with the existing pavement further north. This will benefit both the proposed scheme and existing surrounding properties by providing safe pedestrian access to the village centre.”

Contact wrington.village.alliance@gmail.com to join the group or offer your expertise.

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