Villagers wait for inspector's verdict

PUBLISHED: 11:36 09 July 2007 | UPDATED: 11:15 24 May 2010

Residents protest at the Brook House site.

Residents protest at the Brook House site.

A RESIDENTS group is hoping a developer will be refused permission to build new homes on the site of a treasured 300-year-old village house

A RESIDENTS group is hoping a developer will be refused permission to build new homes on the site of a treasured 300-year-old village house.Since plans were unveiled by Linden Homes, the rector and church wardens of All Saints Church to build 12 houses on the site of historical Brook House in Silver Street, Wrington, more than 70 letters of objection have been sent to North Somerset Council. Following the refusal to grant permission for the development by North Somerset Council and an appeal by the developer, the matter was passed to a Government inspector to hold a planning inquiry.Planning inspectors have conducted a site visit of Brook House and the final decision on whether the development will go ahead is expected on July 30.Over the three day appeal inquiry held at the Memorial Hall in the village, cases were put forward to a Government inspector by Linden Homes, North Somerset Council and Wrington Residents Group (WRG), who supplied a 300-page objection document.A WRG case statement made at the inquiry said: "North Somerset Council's decision to refuse this application is one endorsed by village residents. "That support has been reflected through two public meetings, more than 70 letters of objection and the unanimous endorsement of residents' objections by our own parish council."WRG argued the developer's plans were 'not in keeping with a conservation area' and 'the style and nature of the development makes it unaffordable for most people who might have, or seek, employment opportunities in the village'.It also said 'the village infrastructure is already under immense pressure including the primary school and the roads. This development will further compromise a stretched infrastructure and will compound existing problems'.The group's objections also included concerns about increased traffic and road safety risk, as well as the impact on the landscape and wildlife in the area.

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