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Congresbury – Impact of North Somerset’s Core Strategy

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North Somerset CouncilCRAG has given a thumbs up to North Somerset Council’s proposal for housing development in villages like Congresbury.

Categorised as a “service village” Congresbury is expected to expand and provide homes for commuters. But such extra houses need to be proportionate to current village size and not at the whim of building firms.

As part of a public consultation exercise by North Somerset, CRAG commented on the wording of the council’s CS32 policy setting out the way housing development should proceed.

And the council’s policy gets a ringing endorsement from CRAG. Chair Mary Short and secretary Viv Tomkinson replied that CS32 is “clear and explicit and not open to interpretation.” They added: “This policy provides excellent guidance to govern potential housing development in service villages.”

The CRAG duo emphasized the group’s support for the policy “that building outside settlement boundaries would only be considered if it is demonstrated that there are both clear local benefits and local community support.”

They noted that any variation in settlement boundaries must be brought forward as part of the Sites and Policies Development Plan Documents or the Neighbourhood Plan, and not determined in relation to individual planning applications.

“None of the proposed major residential developments around Congresbury are compliant with the policy and on that basis these applications should be refused by NSC,” says CRAG

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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