Update April 2022

83 MORE houses

Bath Road, Upper Langford, adjacent to the Mendip Hills AONB

22/P/0564/OUT     Extended deadline for comment 10 May 2022

Outline planning application for the development of up to 83no. dwellings supported by the provision of highways, open space, ecological enhancement and associated and ancillary infrastructure, with access for approval off A368 (Bath Road); with appearance, landscaping, layout and scale reserved for subsequent approval.   


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Churchill Parish Council response

This is yet another totally inappropriate, speculative application based on GREED not NEED.

Over development in our villages is now becoming a serious issue as the infrastructure to support such large-scale developments is simply not possible.

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Copy and paste your response and send to:
ward councillor 
Patrick Keating and 
our current MP John Penrose MP


Reasons to object:    

  • Overdevelopment of rural villages.  Aggregated with other planning applications in neighbouring villages this constitutes unplanned, disjointed incrementalism and urbanisation of the countryside on a massive scale.

  • Lack of local employment.  All houses will be car-dependent.

  • Flooding issues - pluvial flooding from the Mendip Hills.

  • Foul Drainage system is already at capacity from existing new developments.

  • Contravenes NS climate and nature emergency commitment due above bullet points.

  • Overdevelopment of a rural location.

  • Lack of need.  Newly constructed houses are being advertised in Birmingham, Manchester and London suggesting that any local need here or in surrounding villages has been satiated.

  • Urban sprawl is leapfrogging over Green Belt to destroy the countryside and grade 2 agricultural land.

  • Contravenes virtually every part of North Somerset's Core Strategy CS32 regarding Service Villages particularly....

  • Outside settlement boundary.  The applicant is claiming that it isn't outside the settlement boundary as it is adjacent to Newlands site which is adjacent to the settlement boundary.  

  • This site is NOT an allocated site on the current North Somerset Local Plan (to 2026) or the Draft Local Plan (2024-2038).

  • The site is NOT on the current North Somerset Site Allocations Plan.

  • The site is within 100m of the AONB and contravenes the CROW Act 2000 regarding views into and out of the AONB.  No amount of screening by trees will shield it.

  • Both North Somerset's and Churchill Parish Council's Landscape Sensitivity Assessments rate the area as 'Medium, not low Sensitivity'

  • The site is an important foraging route for protected bat species including greater and lesser Horseshoe bats

  • Light Pollution from the site will cause serious issues with the bats.

  • Contrary to North Somerset Council's  Climate Change and Nature Emergency

  • Remote from public transport and almost all the important infrastructure services.

  • 5.5 miles from nearest railway station - Yatton

  • Unreliable and inadequate local bus services.  

  • Lack of infrastructure - both Primary and Churchill Academy are full.  The sports centre is closed.  

  • Extra traffic on the A368 making walking and cycling hazardous.

  • Extra HGV traffic as a result of the proposed Banwell bypass will add further danger to active travel

  • Adjacent secondary school creates its own substantial traffic.

  • Local roads-network largely without pavement - no segregated footway network.​​

  • ​Destroys bat foraging routes (incl. internationally protected Greater Horseshoes);

  • Excessive illumination is inevitable.

  • Over development of Churchill and Langford without any infrastructure to support it.

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It is very easy. You can copy and paste the comments above but it is much better if you pick a few and put them in your own words.  

This is not a river, it is Ladymead Lane, Langford.  The waterfall that you see is coming from the site where an application has been submitted for an extra 9 houses at the foot of Windmill Hill.

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Click here to write to your MP and local councillors insisting on independent scrutiny of this application.

Next application but equally important.........

17/P/5546/OUT  click here to link to planning portal page.

Land Adjacent To Oakhill Front Street Churchill North Somerset

BS25 5NB.  

Update October 2018.  

This application was REFUSED by North Somerset Council BUT we understand that a new application has been/will be submitted.  Therefore we are leaving our comments and await to update further.

Application is for:

6 dwellings and the formation of new vehicular and pedestrian access with access to be determined and with, layout, scale, appearance and landscaping for subsequent approval. 

  • This application flies in the face of just about every policy pertaining to the environment in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

  • The application is for a development - not a single dwelling - of 6 houses at the bottom of Windmill Hill - a sight of archeological significance as an iron-age fort and which will alter the whole character of this older part of Churchill village.  

  • This application was originally for 8 houses and was turned down by Churchill Parish Council, North Somerset Council and on appeal, by the Inspector as it would change the character of this part of Churchill.  

  • This new application is for only 2 fewer houses and mentions some landscaping which is intended to mitigate against the Inspector's initial reason for refusing it.

  • The application will destroy the peace and tranquility which so many people from all over the area enjoy.  It is a place for quiet recreation.  

  • The application is the thin end of the wedge as it will open the floodgates for further applications in the future.  

  • Affordable housing - due to being a small development there is no obligation to provide any affordable housing.

  • Again, Windmill Hill is an area adjacent to the Mendip Hills AONB.  The NPPF affords AONBs AND their surrounding areas, the highest protection from development as they are some of the UK's most cherished and outstanding landscapes.

  • "The Countryside and Rights of Way (CRoW) Act 2000 confirmed the significance of AONBs and Section 85 places a statutory duty on all relevant authorities to have regard to the purpose of conserving and enhancing natural beauty when discharging any function in relation to, or affecting land within an AONB.  Potential development proposals outside of the boundaries of AONB's that may have an impact within the designated area are also cover4ed by the 'duty to regard' Mendip Hills AONB Partnership.

  • The Mendip Hills AONB Partnership produced the Mendip Hills AONB Management Plan 2014-2019 (click on the link) as required by the CRoW Act on behalf of the joint local authorities and the Plan has been adopted by North Somerset Council.  1.4 sets out a Statement of Significance on the special qualities of the Mendip Hills AONB that create the Mendip Hills sense of place and identity and these include views from the Mendip Hills AONB......

  • Natural England's National Character Area (NCA) profile for the Mendip Hills (141) notes that the area is 'renowned for its tranquility and inspirational qualities..."  Light pollution was further mentioned as, "..threatens the extent of the recognised dark skies and that out-of-character development is a continuing risk to the essential nature of the area".  It furthermore sets out in the Statement of Environmental Opportunity under SEO1 to 'Safeguard inward and outward views to and to the distinctive hill line and conserve and enhance the special qualities, tranquility, sense of remoteness and naturalness of the area'.  

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Click here to write to your MP and local councillors insisting on independent scrutiny of this application.

CALRAG stresses that we recognise that development is needed but it has to be appropriate, preserve the environment for so many people to come and enjoy and thus must be in the right place.  We have got a significant number of new developments and some very good new single dwellings which are in keeping with the character of the village.  

"Good development is development in the right place" 

Again, we are leaving this page in for reference.

Deadline to make your views known to the Independent Inspector - January 10th.


Would you like more information?

Would you like help to make your views heard?

Which forms do you fill in?

Do you know of anyone who has not got access to a computer and would like to respond?

If YES to any of the above, CALRAG  and Sandford Action Group have arranged a


Saturday 6th January - 9.30 - 12.30 Churchill Primary School


Afternoon - 2.30 - 5.30pm Sandford Church Rooms  

There will be paper forms available to fill in and people to give more detailed information.

Do YOU have local knowledge that is important for the Inspector to be aware of?  Please come to the drop-in and tell us.

Good development is development in the right place