John to join villagers for urgent meeting…

An ‘urgent’ meeting has been organised in a North Somerset village to discuss development plans which ‘seriously threaten the rurality’ of the area.

Churchill and Langford Residents’ Action Group (CALRAG) will host a meeting at Churchill Primary School, in Pudding Pie Lane, on May 17 at 7pm to discuss development issues affecting the parish.

John Penrose will be the guest speaker at the event.

The West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which includes North Somerset Council, has earmarked land near the parish as the site for 5,400-home garden village as part of the Joint Spatial Plan (JSP).

The LEP hopes the JSP will plug the South West’s housing shortfall.

CALRAG spokesman John Whitewood said: “This meeting is convened with the aim of informing you on significant development proposals affecting our villages including the concept of a so-called garden village with major new road infrastructure.

“Such proposals seriously threaten the rurality of the Wrington Vale and the Mendip Hills area of outstanding natural beauty, and merit your attention and action.”

John Penrose has been lobbying the Government to ‘build up, not out’ as a way to save greenfields and village infrastructure, in addition to breathing fresh life into urban areas.

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