New shop plan turned down

A CONTESTED scheme to build a shop on the site of a derelict Congresbury pub has been turned down by councillors.

A CONTESTED scheme to build a shop on the site of a derelict Congresbury pub has been turned down by councillors.

The plan for a convenience store on the former site of The Bell Inn, in Bristol Road, was thrown out by North Somerset Council's south area committee last week.

Councillors unanimously backed a motion to turn it down by the village's member, Green party member Tom Leimdorfer.

However, as council officers had recommended the application be approved, it will be decided by the planning and regulatory committee on February 24.


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Residents have mounted a campaign against the plan, saying existing village shops would be undermined by more competition.

A total of 80 complaints have so far been received by unitary authority planners.

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