CRAG – Keep the banner flying!

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CRAG Flag - flatCongresbury Residents Action Group (CRAG) is planning a public meeting in the next few weeks to keep the democratic banner flying in the village.

A public meeting would let residents know the current situation with development schemes – and keep members of the group in touch with public opinion.

Formed more than 2 years ago, the action group is still battling against development plans on three areas – Venus Street on the south side of the village and Cobthorn Way and Wrington Lane on the north.

Tuesday’s meeting of the group heard that although the plan for 14 homes at Venus Street had been approved by North Somerset, there was still a chance that the scheme would be called in to be reviewed by the Minister for Local Government.

Council planners had also added an extra condition to the Strongvox application to the effect that no building can start until details of ground levels and finished floor levels have been approved.

Sunley’s plan for Cobthorn Way had been modified so that it was now planning a total of 38 houses – a drop of 16 on the original total. It was reported that the density of houses for the site was now 20 per hectare, compared to 35 to 40 houses in Yatton and Pudding Pie Lane, Langford.

It was agreed that CRAG should continue to oppose the development on the grounds that it breached the village boundary, that it was unsustainable because of the distance from village services and for environmental reasons.

Those reasons and many others applied to the application from speculative land agents Gladman who want access to a field in Wrington Lane where they are proposing 70 houses.

CRAG was “vehemently” opposed to the Gladman scheme which not only threatened the landscape of the natural countryside, but the proposed access to the site would be hazardous to vehicles and pedestrians in Wrington Lane.

Details of the public meeting will be announced later, say 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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