Council cash to help fight housing bid

PUBLISHED: 20:00 01 July 2015

Town council in support of three new villages for North Somerset.

Town council in support of three new villages for North Somerset.

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CONGRESBURY parish councillors have set aside £35,000 to fight a legal battle against an 80-home development planned the village.

The cash will pay for legal representation, a traffic consultant and witness training to contest an appeal by developer Barratt Homes, which wants to build 80 new homes outside the village boundary off Brinsea Road.

It means Congresbury Parish Council will be legally represented alongside North Somerset Council’s legal team at the October 6 hearing.

North Somerset’s planning committee voted to refuse the plan earlier this year. However, Barratt appealed and a Government planning inspector will now make the final ruling.

Congresbury Residents’ Action Group (CRAG) will be fundraising to help fight the appeal.

CRAG chairman Mary Short said the parish and district councils’ legal teams should team up to convince the planning inspector to reject the development.

She said: “The scheme was rejected on three main counts – traffic congestion at the High Street’s junction with the A370, the effect on the landscape and the fact it is isn’t sustainable.

“However, there are many other factors that make the scheme unsuitable and we hope the inspector will hear from many people in the village.”

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