Villagers ‘ignored’ over 3,000-home plan for North Somerset

PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 December 2017

Churchill And Langford Residents' Action Group.

Churchill And Langford Residents' Action Group.

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A North Somerset village will be ‘destroyed’ if plans to build a ‘new town’ of 3,000 houses are allowed, according to campaigners.

Churchill and Langford villagers believe they are being ‘ignored’ after the Joint Spatial Plan (JSP), which plots where tens of thousands of homes should be built in North Somerset by 2036, was revealed last month.

The JSP, which is the brainchild of four neighbouring local authorities including North Somerset Council, plans a 2,800-home garden village for the parish, with 1,900 homes also planned for Banwell.

Villagers turned out in numbers to attend a public consultation last month, where more light was shed on the implications of the JSP.

Following the meeting, Churchill and Langford Residents’ Action Group (CALRAG) told of its ‘horror’ at the plans.

Its spokesman said: “Churchill village will be destroyed.”

“Many are still unaware of the plan or the scale of the development which will turn the village of Churchill into a town the size of Wells, but without the essential infrastructure or cultural centre offered by the cathedral and market place.

“It is estimated 100 per cent of those attending left in horror or disbelief at the plan for such a huge project and the way residents are being ignored, bearing in mind many had attended a similar consultation on the JSP just a year previously.

“Instead of acting on them, North Somerset has presented them with a plan which is far worse than any of the very vague plans presented before.”

The spokesman reiterated CALRAG’s support of developer Taylor Wimpey’s alternative proposal to build three new villages on ‘poor-quality greenbelt land’ along the newly-created South Bristol Link Road, which has not been included in the JSP.

They added: “The infrastructure in Bristol is there including access to jobs and good transport infrastructure, and there is an excellent cultural base and places of worship.

“When we asked where the infrastructure was for this new linear town in Churchill, an officer responded ‘well, there is a road’.

“When we asked where the jobs will come from, the officer said ‘well, there is Thatchers Cider’.”

The JSP will be submitted to the Government after the consultation end on January 10.

To respond to the consultation, visit www.jointplanningwofe.org.uk

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