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A triumph for CRAG as Barratts lose their appeal

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Team CelebrationGiant house building company Barratts have lost their appeal for a planned 80 houses on land off Brinsea Road, Congresbury.

Following a 5 day public inquiry eight weeks ago, the Planning Inspector who heard more than 30 objections from CRAG and other residents, announced his decision this week. It means that the building scheme – and the associated changes to the High Street/A370 junction – have been rejected.

As news of the victory over Barratts circulated around the village, members of Congresbury Residents Action Group savoured the triumph – then turned their attention to the other plans that threaten the community.

CRAG chair Mary Short said she was delighted with the result. “It’s a victory for the residents, the parish council, North Somerset Council and all who supported our campaign. We are grateful that the inspector who ran the public inquiry gave us time to listen to the very real objections we made.”

CRAG hopes that the result will give new strength to the opposition to other inappropriate development plans. In Congresbury, there are plans for 14 houses on land behind Venus Street, a scheme for 54 dwellings off Cobthorn Way and speculation from a firm of land agents – Gladmans – that 70 houses should be built in a field off Wrington Lane.

Read the Planning Inspector’s report (pdf)

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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