Parish planners veto outdoor pursuits

BUSINESSES will be affected and house prices will fall if an outdoor activities centre in Churchill gets the green light for a range

BUSINESSES will be affected and house prices will fall if an outdoor activities centre in Churchill gets the green light for a range of sporting activities, according to residents.More than 20 people who live near Avon Ski and Action Centre attended a Winscombe and Sandford Parish Council planning meeting where councillors voted on the centre's latest proposals.Richard Webb, who runs holiday homes in Shipham Lane, Winscombe, said: "Most of our business is because people like the area's tranquillity, but the noise from the quad bikes is a problem for us."Trevor Taylor, who lives in Fieldway, which is near the site, said that house prices and wildlife will be affected if planning permission for grass boarding, trekking, clay pigeon shooting and 4x4 driving is allowed to go ahead.The application was submitted by the centre after it was refused a certificate of lawfulness which would have removed the need for planning permission for activities already going on at the centre. Parish councillors eventually rejected the application by seven votes to four.Cllr John Westlake raised concerns about horses bolting during clay pigeon shooting.He said: "Firing near the bridleway is an accident waiting to happen."However, planning committee vice-chairman Steve Bridges pointed out the centre had taken on board no fewer than 12 recommendations after commissioning its own noise and ecological reports.The centre's retrospective application will now go before North Somerset Council.


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