Backing for convenience store

PUBLISHED: 10:10 23 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:36 25 May 2010

AN UNPOPULAR proposal to build a new convenience store in Congresbury has won the backing of planning officers.

AN UNPOPULAR proposal to build a new convenience store in Congresbury has won the backing of planning officers.

North Somerset Council's planning department has withdrawn its objection to the plan to put a new shop at The Bell Inn, in Bristol Road.

However, to go ahead, village councillor Tom Leimdorfer has asked the decision to be reconsidered by the unitary authority's south area committee.

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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