Sunley Estates’ Cobthorn Way planning application now online

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sunley estatesSeveral months after the firm held its “consultation” with residents, Sunley Homes application for outline planning permission for 54 houses at the bottom of Cobthorn Way is now available online. Yet according to North Somerset Council, the application was lodged three weeks ago on 18 February.

Members of Congresbury’s residents action group (CRAG) have been monitoring the situation ever since the scheme was first proposed. Said CRAG chair Mary Short: “We have several general objections to the scheme. For example, it is beyond the village fence and sets a dangerous precedent if building is allowed.”

“Residents also feel strongly about the pollution of the visual landscape and loss of habitat for wildlife and flora. There are also some technical issues that we need to study more closely concerning traffic and access to the site, drainage and sustainability.”

Mary added that the group would also question the three-week delay between the date when the application was lodged and when it was available to members of the public. “On the face of it, we should expect a three week extension to the cut-off date for objections” added Mary.

The Sunley proposal can be viewed at North Somerset’s planning website, number 15/P/0519/O and residents are urged to use that route rather than Street Search. Posters opposing the development have already gone up at several locations near the site.

Click HERE to view the application

John Mills John Mills

Journalist and jazz saxophonist John Mills has lived in Congresbury for more than 25 years, moving to the village from West London with his wife Rocki and 10 month old son, Sam in 1979. After a few years in Clevedon, John and Rocki moved back to the village in 2006, renovating and extending a bungalow in Yew Tree Park. Sadly, Rocki died in 2013. John, 71 keeps busy musically, playing with Cadbury Wind Band, with his son in the Sam Mills Quintet, and with a newly formed duo, Sax in the City with fellow Congresbury saxophonist and vocalist, Louise Harris.


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