CRAG: Win over Gladman

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Planning inspector Anne Jordan has rejected the appeal by developers to build up to 50 houses on land off Wrington Lane, Congresbury.

The appeal, by land agent Gladman Developments was against North Somerset Council’s non-determination of the issue within a given time period. Ironically, the council, which had at first opposed the scheme, then decided to give it the green light.

So when the appeal date was announced, only CRAG – Congresbury Residents Action Group – was willing and able to act as the official opposition. Later, CRAG was supported by Congresbury Parish Council.

In a 23 page document giving reasons for refusal, the Inspector said the main issues included whether there was a five year supply of housing land; the effect the proposal would have on the character and appearance of the village; the reliance on private cars for access to the site and the question of highway safety.

CRAG’s John Mills said: “We are delighted with the outcome, and I think we are entitled to a small celebratory drink. Many people gave time, effort and financial contributions to the campaign – none more so than Peter Walton who also did a magnificent job as CRAG’s representative at the five day hearing.”

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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.


  1. Fantastic news and well done CRAG.

  2. Paul Jones Nes Ellie Chapman Jessye Chapman

  3. Great news, well done CRAG and everyone involved.

  4. Great news, thank you CRAG and everyone involved.

  5. Fantastic news. Thank you CRAG for all your efforts.

  6. But is there actually any impact from the decision other than Gladman have to pay their appeal costs?

  7. Gemma Smith Carol Motteram Sue Jolly Claire Hurst Jo Williams Sarah Stammers Sarah Taplin Moss

  8. Brilliant news well done to all those involved. Thank you.

  9. Fantastic news, well done to everyone involved. Thank you CRAG, Shep would have been so happy

  10. Michelle Walker says:

    Wonderful news! Thank you CRAG

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