Planning battle - first round victory

CAMPAIGNING residents in Weston are keeping their celebrations on hold despite a victory over developers. Plans to build 41 homes in Wellsea Grove in Weston were

CAMPAIGNING residents in Weston are keeping their celebrations on hold despite a victory over developers.Plans to build 41 homes in Wellsea Grove in Weston were turned down at North Somerset's west area committee last week despite being recommended for approval by officers.The application was refused unanimously because of the extra traffic problems it could cause.But residents living in the area who have been campaigning against the plans since January fear when it goes before the local authority's planning and regulatory committee in January the decision will be overturned.Because it is a major application and councillors went against officer's recommendations, the plans automatically go before the committee.Nida Barraclough, whose sister Sue lives in Wellsea Grove, has flown in from the Costa Blanca in Spain where she lives to speak at four planning meetings and a site meeting this year.She said: "We're not celebrating yet as we think the planning and regulatory committee might overturn the decision."Because the members of the committee aren't all from this area it may get passed as they don't know what it means for people here."It would be appalling for the residents if it was passed as we've been campaigning since January against the application."My mother also lives in Wellsea Grove and she will be 91 soon. Imagine the upset and the upheaval for her if it went ahead."There is also someone who lives near here that is 92. They came to live here because they are old and it is quiet."The next planning and regulatory committee meeting will take place on January 3, 2007.


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