'Harmful' housing plans thrown out by Government inspector

PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 September 2017

Archant

Plans to build eight houses in Churchill have been torn up by a Government inspector.

Applicant Zena Bishop took her plans to build off Front Street, near Churchill Academy, to the Government after North Somerset Council refused planning permission last year.

But the planning inspectorate agreed will the local authority’s officers, denying consent due to concerns the development would have a ‘harmful impact on the character of the village and the surrounding landscape’.

The appeal was conducted remotely by inspector Rory Cridland, who added the ‘harmful impact’ would be ‘substantial’, and ‘significantly and demonstrably’ outweigh the benefits of the scheme.

A Churchill and Langford Residents’ Action Group spokesman said the result was ‘good news’, and congratulated the people who ‘took part in the battle’ to defeat the developer.

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