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CRAG: Could there be Romano-British archaeology on Sunley development site?

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ArchaeologistCongresbury Residents Action Group (CRAG) has vowed to keep a close watch on the development on land off Cobthorn Way.

Outline planning permission for Sunley Estate’s 38 houses was approved by North Somerset Council, after the company reduced the number from 54.

But several key questions – like maintenance of the site and drainage – have been left to what planners call “reserved matters” – the small but important details that can be overlooked, once building starts. However, the council makes it clear that: “not more than 38 dwellings shall be erected on the site and built development shall be restricted to the area shown on the illustrative master plan.”

The council adds: “It is considered that this is the maximum desirable number that can be accommodated on the site in order to maintain the quality of the scheme and it is essential that to minimize the impact on the landscape and to avoid flood risk areas that development is restricted to this area.”

In proposing acceptance of the scheme, district councillor Tom Leimdorfer said there should be a limit on working during the construction phase so that residents living near the site would have a break from the noise.

He also said that with the additional 38 houses, this should constitute the maximum number of homes with cars that could potentially exit onto Wrington Lane.

Said CRAG chair Mary Short: “We need CRAG volunteers to maintain a watch on the North Somerset website to make sure the developers – and the council – keep to their word. This site breaches the village boundary so we have a duty to make sure there is no backsliding by easing any of the restrictions.”

Mary also raised the possibility of significant Romano-British archaeology on the site. “The local archaeology group reports the possibility of Roman kilns, and this must be investigated before building starts.”

Mary added that North Somerset must insist that developers give the county archaeologist at least seven days notice of when work is due to start.

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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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