Congresbury residents demonstrate against Cobthorn Way development plans

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CRAG demonstrators against development plans for land near Cobthorn Way, Congresbury

Saturday morning shoppers at Congresbury’s precinct were met by members of the village residents action group, demonstrating their opposition to yet another development scheme.

Local MP John Penrose and district councillor Tom Leimdorfer joined around 20 CRAG supporters, leafleting shoppers and explaining the pitfalls of the plan to build 54 houses on fields below Cobthorn Way.

Pitfalls include the impact on services such as the GP surgery and local schools; an increase in flooding due to the fact that drainage and sewage systems are already unable to cope with heavy rainfall.

An undoubted increase in traffic would also create increased danger to vehicles and pedestrians thanks to the narrow, sharp access to the proposed site via Wrington Lane.

CRAG chair Mary Short was encouraged by the response from the group’s supporters and from shoppers. “Congresbury people are now fully aware of the threat posed by Sunley and other developers.

“We are not against new homes in the village – on the contrary we must have new housing. But it should be affordable homes in places that the parish council and district council think appropriate. That is the democratic way of doing things – not leaving for developers to decide when and where to build.

“Congresbury is a village with a great community spirit and a clear identity. All these schemes are on good grazing land outside the village boundary and together pose a threat to the community spirit.”

Objections to the Cobthorn Way proposals need to be with North Somerset Council by 15 April. To register your objection online click the button below. Or write to the Development Manager, Postpoint 15, North Somerset Council, Town Hall, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1UJ.

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.


  1. I am failing to see the issue here as the report contradicts itself. Has CRAG suggested to the council where the homes should be built? If CRAG is for new homes as it suggests, then won’t that have the same impact as they are against. Very confusing.

  2. Why don’t CRAG suggest sites and work with the developers and the council, I would be interested to know where they think the new houses they say should be built in the village, where they want them to be located – maybe come up with a list of potential sites and publish them and get feedback from the village. May save a lot of there time and energy working with them rather than against them.

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