New application for further 48-house estate in Churchill by the Crown pub and adjacent to AONB.  

 Planning application 19/P/2713/FUL

Deadline 16th December


Make your views known NOW to North Somerset planning officers and Patrick Keating, our ward councillor and John Penrose MP

Churchill is a Service Village and has already taken more than its fair share of new housing development.  

CALRAG believes that development must sustainable and in line with Government advisor, Prof. Paul Cheshire sited, "within 10 minutes walk from a train station" for efficient access to employment.

  • Many local people will know this particular field because it used to belong to Gilly Rowlands.  She loved her horses which happily grazed there.  Since she passed on, it has been well maintained and grazed as part of this rural village.  
    Gilly would be horrified. 

  • The site lies outside of the Churchill settlement boundary and adjacent to the Mendip Hills AONB. 

  • The site is not on North Somerset's Site Allocations Plan and is not compliant with policy CS32 of the Core Strategy.

  • It will have an unacceptable and  harmful impact on the rural character and landscape setting of the surrounding area and views into and out of the Mendip Hills AONB.

  • The Landscape and Character impact has the potential to urbanise this rural area.

  • It will have a severely  detrimental impact on the rural ambience, and harm to views into and out of the AONB

  • It contravenes the Countryside and Rights of Way Act (CROW 2000) 

  • Access will be onto the A368 near Churchill traffic lights which, with the Banwell bypass, will have severe traffic implications for the highways network and the junction capacity.

  • There is no employment here.

  • Access to viable public transport to Bristol for commuters.  Yatton rail station is 4.8 miles away and necessitates crossing the A370 at the offset double junction at Congresbury traffic lights.

  • Existing and housing estates under construction have ripped out our carbon-absorbing hedgerows which provided habitats for our wildlife.  In doing so they are ripping out the character of our villages.

  • Climate Change - North Somerset Council leader, Don Davies pledged to put Climate Change Emergency at the heart of every council decision.

  • Churchill/Mendip Spring remote Strategic Development Location along with other similar remote locations was one of the reasons why the Independent Inspectors at public examination of the West of England Joint Spacial Plan found it to be unsound. They had not been compared with reasonable alternatives.  There are alternative sites closer to the employment in Bristol.

  • This application must be called in to Full Council.