Developer wants road network changed

PUBLISHED: 14:18 23 January 2015

Congresbury.

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A LAST-GASP move by a property developer in a bid to win planning permission has delayed one of the biggest decisions to affect Congresbury's future in years.

Housing plan for Venus Street, Congresbury, submitted by Strongvox Homes.Housing plan for Venus Street, Congresbury, submitted by Strongvox Homes.

Barratt Homes’ proposed 80-home development off Brinsea Road was initially recommended for refusal by North Somerset Council planning officers.

But at the 11th-hour, it submitted an alternative traffic plan to the authority leading to the council’s committee deferring making a final decision until next month.

The Mercury understands Barratt Homes – after being told its new housing development was not in keeping with the village’s rural character and would cause traffic issues – has suggested removing part of the memorial at the junction of the A370 and the High Street, in a move it says would rectify existing road problems and allow for extra vehicles to use it.

However, with Barratt suggesting a traffic island being placed at the top of the High Street to allow pedestrians to stop halfway, concerns have already been raised by Congresbury Residents’ Action Group (CRAG) about whether it would be safe enough.

Cllr Tom Leimdorfer, speaking at the authority’s planning committee meeting last week, said he would need assurances it would be safe.

He said: “I’m concerned by the sight of young children on a traffic island waiting for a second green man to cross from either side.”

Council officials are evaluating Barratt’s new traffic management scheme and says the initial concerns it had were not ‘insurmountable’.

The 80-home application is likely to be discussed and voted on in February.

Meanwhile Strongvox homes has also submitted a planning application for 19 houses off Venus Street – which CRAG is also objecting to.

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