Controversial housing plan resurrected

PUBLISHED: 05:59 31 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:48 24 May 2010

A DEVELOPER has revived its controversial proposals for a major housing development on the site of an historic village building. About 50 letters of objection were sent to North Somerset Council when Linden Homes first unveiled plans to revamp treasured B

A DEVELOPER has revived its controversial proposals for a major housing development on the site of an historic village building.About 50 letters of objection were sent to North Somerset Council when Linden Homes first unveiled plans to revamp treasured Brook House in Wrington and build 12 new homes in its large grounds.The company scrapped its first planning application but it says it has taken on board what residents have said and believes it has come up with a scheme everyone will be happy with.Originally villagers condemned the first application Linden Homes submitted to North Somerset Council, saying it would ruin the appearance of the area.One of the features they picked on was reducing the height of the historic stone wall around the property, which acts as a gateway to Wrington, and it was argued it would be reducing the village's 'identity'.Now the developer has agreed to keep the stone walls and it has made a raft of other changes.The new plans include moving certain properties further away from one another, keeping hedgerows originally planned to be removed, reducing the size of the new access road from Silver Street and building a new footpath linking up with Silver Street. There are also other minor changes.Linden Homes says it has taken on board the advice of planning officers at the council and is confident it will win planning permission next month. If the plans are approved, Brook House, owned by All Saints' Church, will be sold to Linden Homes.The church stands to gain £1million from the sale which it says it will plough into community facilities for the village.

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