Village rallies to fight against proposal for 59 homes as planning appeal looms

PUBLISHED: 08:00 05 March 2017

Wrington villagers campaigning against the development at Cox's Green with North Somerset MP Liam Fox.

Wrington villagers campaigning against the development at Cox's Green with North Somerset MP Liam Fox.

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Villagers in a flood-hit part of North Somerset have warned plans to build 59 homes in their community are dangerous and unsustainable.

Developer Redcliffe Homes wants to build the homes off Cox’s Green, in Wrington.

The plans will be determined by a planning inspector at an appeal after North Somerset Council took too long to make a decision, but the council’s planning committee will still debate the proposal at a future meeting.

Redcliffe says the development will be sustainable and sensitive to the village’s needs should it be built, but the Wrington Village Alliance – which formed last year in response to the plans – claims the plan would cause a number of problems in the area.

A spokesman for the Alliance said: “The proposed development is outside the settlement boundary and is on grade two agricultural land.

“It is also not the barren wasteland that the developer describes, it is a site that is relatively unspoilt and is home to a rich collection of wildlife.”

In its design and access statement, Redcliffe said the site would be of a ‘high’ quality and added it would respect the area’s physical constraints.

The statement said: “The application is for a sensitively-designed residential development that will provide a new sustainable development.

“It will use the local character and assets of the site to develop a scheme with its own sense of place, creating a high-quality development that is accessible to the amenities of Wrington.”

However, the Alliance said the roads surrounding the site would struggle to cope with an increased number of cars – and added the risk of the site flooding would be significant if it is developed.

The spokesman said: “The roads that would service the development are already straining to cope with growing numbers of large freight lorries and are already a challenge to the many villagers who walk, run, cycle along it.

“There is no safe pedestrian access to the village.

“Lastly – but not least – in November Wrington was cut off by flood water and the proposed site was flooded.

“No one seems to be measuring the cumulative effect of all this house-building in the North Somerset countryside.”

For more information about the Alliance, contact Sally Bartlett on 07785 039741 or email wrington.village.alliance@gmail.com. Alternatively you can search for Wrington Village Alliance on Facebook.

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