CRAG – New development threat from Strongvox

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strongvox 2Congresbury Residents Action Group (CRAG) is calling on its supporters to oppose a new development threat on the south side of the village.

CRAG’s committee decided to oppose the plan for 24 buildings on land off Brinsea Road behind Venus Street, on similar grounds used to defend the village from last year’s plan by Barratts.

Those grounds, which won the approval of the planning inspector included the loss of rural landscape and the subsequent loss of distinction between farmland and village. Like Barratts, the scheme is unsustainable because it will generate car use.

Said CRAG chair Mary Short: “We know from residents that walking or cycling along Brinsea Road is so unpleasant that most will just jump into their cars if they need to get to village amenities.”

In addition the scheme will add to the already congested B3133 which is likely to become even busier when new homes are built in Langford and Churchill.

Building on the field in question, normally used for sheep and cattle, would also exacerbate flooding problems of those homes on a lower level towards Churchill.

CRAG also questions the need for more houses. “Plans for 52 homes have already been approved, and for a village of our size that is quite enough for us to absorb bearing in mind the strain that puts on schools and doctors.”

Mary called on residents to write and oppose the plans – filed on the North Somerset Council website under 16/P/1707/O – as soon as possible. “People have until 22 August to register objections, so CRAG does not have time to organise a public meeting before that to test the views of residents,” she added.

Click HERE to view / comment / object to the proposal

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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