New homes should be refused - council

PUBLISHED: 19:36 11 January 2015

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A PROPOSED 80-home development in Congresbury should be refused, according to North Somerset Council's planning officers.

Barratt Homes’ plan to build off Brinsea Road and outside the village boundary has raised concerns within the village about the impact the new homes could have on core infrastructure such as the roads, schools and healthcare.

Cllr Tom Leimdorfer, who represents the village on North Somerset Council, told delighted campaigners of the recommendation at a meeting on Tuesday.

When the plans first came to light, the Congresbury Residents’ Action Group was formed and its work led to 231 objections being submitted to the council about the potential development.

Cllr Leimdorfer said: “The community response in Congresbury has been wonderful.”

North Somerset Council officials felt the plan was for an ‘unsustainable and inappropriate site outside the settlement boundary’.

The size and density of the development would also not be in keeping with the village’s rural character, they ruled.

The final decision however will be taken by councillors at the North Somerset’s planning and regulatory committee on Wednesday. It will start at the Town Hall in Weston at 4pm.

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