Village starts plan for future

PUBLISHED: 11:38 15 April 2015

Corner of High Street and School Road.

Corner of High Street and School Road.

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A NEIGHBOURHOOD plan will be drawn up for Wrington, which is designed to shape the village's future.

Wrington Parish Council applied for permission in January from North Somerset Council to create a plan. It has now got the go-ahead.

The plan can take in all areas of planning policy, including employment opportunities and transport.

Unsurprisingly given the number of planning applications North Somerset has seen lately, housing is likely to dominate the new document.

Creating a neighbourhood plan would see professionals look for areas which parts of the village could be open for development. The idea is that once that plan is drawn up, it should reduce the chances of a developer being allowed to build on land perceived as inappropriate by the local community.

North Somerset Council allowed villagers to comment, before agreeing to give permission for the plan.

Ms Dunn, replying to the council’s consultation, suggested that Gatcombe Farm Industrial Estate would benefit from redevelopment.

She said: “The site over the years has fallen into disrepair and been the site of joy riders, arsonists, airport parking and recently travellers.

“It would seem an obvious site to me and those who live here to be an ideal situation for housing. The access to the main road is clear and already heavily used by large lorries and caravans, and as it sits just outside the main village you wouldn’t have that much travelling through.

“The sites already that I have seen in Wrington have very poor access to the main road such as Broad street and further round near the Rec and poor visibility.”

Other respondents said it was important areas such as Broad Street and High Street were protected.

Wrington is not the only village which is pursuing a neighbourhood plan.

Villagers in Claverham want one, while Backwell had theirs published earlier this year.

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