Cases made in village housing appeal

PUBLISHED: 09:00 25 July 2017

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The parties involved in a North Somerset housing saga have stated their case ahead of a Government appeal.

Zena Bishop hopes to build eight homes in Front Street, Churchill, but planning permission was refused by North Somerset Council amid fears it would ‘harm’ the village.

The applicant lodged an appeal last year, which will be heard by a Government inspector.

Ms Bishop’s appeal documents said: “The scale, character and location of the proposed development are entirely appropriate for this settlement, and consequently the scheme constitutes a sustainable form of development which complies unequivocally with policies.”

But the council called on the inspector to dismiss the appeal ‘due to the adverse impact in the character of the area’.

Council documents said: “The provision of eight new dwellings would have an insignificant effect in respect of the council’s housing land supply and is outweighed by the harm to the character of the area and highway safety.”

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