Building battle won

PUBLISHED: 12:52 19 January 2011

Retirement home plans for Backwell

Retirement home plans for Backwell

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A RESILIENT band of villagers have won its fight against a developer to stop five new homes being built.

Nearly 20 residents from Banwell watched and cheered when a Government-appointed planning inspector threw out plans for the properties in Wolvershill Road.

Edward Grace dismissed developer Woodward Hambly Webb’s appeal against North Somerset Council’s refusal of the planning application at a hearing last month.

The district authority initially turned down the plan last March, claiming that the scale and layout of the proposed houses would be out of character with the surrounding area.

On dismissing the developer’s appeal, Mr Grace agreed that the size of the new homes would have an impact on neighbouring properties.

In a report, he said: “These factors combined with the hard surfaced courtyard would confer the development with an urban feel, which I consider to be out of keeping with this edge of village site.”

Village campaigner Derek Dawes said the decision had come as a relief to many people living near the proposed site for development.

He said: “It has been a long battle, but we’re all very pleased at the outcome and I’d like to thank everyone for the support they have given us.”

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