Plea for united homes fight

PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 November 2015

The Congresbury Residents' Action Group (CRAG). Photo by Jeremy Long.

The Congresbury Residents' Action Group (CRAG). Photo by Jeremy Long.

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A VILLAGE housing action group wants to join forces with fellow campaigners to present a united front against the threat of housing development in North Somerset.

The Congresbury Residents’ Action Group (CRAG) was created last year in a bid to protect the village against large-scale housing plans.

Developer Barratt Homes applied for planning permission to build 80 homes off Brinsea Road and the case is in the process of being decided by a planning inspector, after Barratt appealed North Somerset Council’s decision to refuse the application.

Other developers, such as Strongvox and Sunley, also have outstanding applications for housing in the village which are waiting to be decided by the council, but the threat is not limited to Congresbury.

Bloor Homes started work earlier this month on building 150 homes off Arnolds Way in Yatton – a village where 849 new homes could be built – and other villages including Claverham, Banwell and Hutton are also facing the prospect of development.

This has led CRAG to announce that a meeting will be held in the coming weeks to decide how the district’s campaigners can unite and work together.

Its chairman Mary Short said: “We are not against providing homes in our village and think there should be development, particularly low-cost housing. But we 
know from our experience with Barratt that we need to pool our resources with other North Somerset villages.

“CRAG has learned that we need qualified specialists in several disciplines – planning law, transportation, ecology to name just a few – and we would urge anyone qualified in these areas to join us.”

To join CRAG’s campaign, email maryrshort@aol.com or search for CRAG on Facebook or @CRAGNews on Twitter.

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