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Gladman Development – Have Your Say – John Mills

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There is still time for residents to make their views known about land agent Gladman’s little wheeze to change the wording of one of the conditions of their outline planning permission for a scheme for Wrington Lane, Congresbury.

Gladman applied to North Somerset for a: “Variation of condition 6 from application 16/P/1521/O (Outline planning application for the erection of up to 50 residential dwellings (including up to 30% affordable housing), structural planting and landscaping, informal public open space, surface water attenuation, vehicular access point from Wrington Lane and associated ancillary works. All matters reserved with the exception of the main site access point) to amend approved highway improvement scheme.”

The use of the original wording of this application, including the “up to 30% affordable housing” is concerning. At the planning meeting where this application was approved, members agreed to change the condition to a section 106 requirement for 30 per cent affordable housing.

Gladman were so upset they went ahead with their appeal on the first application, which, if approved, would have reverted to the “up to….” condition. When asked specifically by the planning inquiry inspector if they would change to the legal requirement wording, their barrister refused. Gladman could not guarantee to provide the necessary affordable housing and that was why the inspector dismissed the appeal.

Having a fixed quota of 30 per cent makes it much more difficult for Gladman to sell the property. If the scheme had been approved with “up to 30 per cent” it would allow the eventual developer wriggle room to reduce the number of affordable homes.

Says CRAG: “This is another example of how developers try and get round planning laws at the expense of residents. So if you feel like making your views known to the council, click the button below. The deadline for comments is listed as 10th January, but the Council should consider objections for several days after that date.”

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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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