CRAG – Strongvox to appeal against planning refusal

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Congresbury’s influential action group – CRAG – is calling on residents to stand up to another speculative development scheme. This time it’s an appeal by Strongvox to build 24 houses on a green field site off Brinsea Road.

The site, opposite the field where Barratts suffered a notable defeat two years ago, is unsuitable for homes for many of the same reasons – it is not within easy walking distance from village services, and would therefore promote more use of cars; part of the field is subject to flooding and there are objections on the grounds of highway width.

North Somerset Council rightly refused planning permission, but Strongvox have questioned the decision, so a planning inspector will hear both sides of the argument at 10 am Tuesday 21 November at Royal Hotel, Weston-Super-Mare.

CRAG chair Mary Short is keen to have as many local residents as possible at the hearing. “We know that it is important to demonstrate the strength of feeling against these speculative applications.”

Because this is a hearing and not the more formal public inquiry, it is only expected to last two days. “Some people may want to speak at the hearing, and there may be a limited opportunity. But just being there on the first day will send a strong message to the inspector,” said Mary.

CRAG is organising a public meeting to bring people up to date with local developments. It is due to take place at 7:30pm Wednesday 1 November at the Methodist Hall.

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.


  1. I bet “CRAG” are not interested in appealing the potential development behind soustas restaurant!!

  2. I hope Mr Pemberthy can attend the CRAG public meeting at the Methodist Hall on 1 November and let us all know what he knows about the “potential development behind Soustas restaurant.” As a democratic organisation, CRAG will be guided by the majority.

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