New application for further housing estate in Churchill.   

 Planning application 19/P/2713/FUL

New application for further 25-house estate on characteristic, 'High Sensitivity' grazing land site will open onto Dinghurst Road in Churchill.  It is adjacent to AONB and just below The Crown pub.  

 Planning application 19/P/2713/FUL


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

 Click here to see all the documents

Deadline 16th December

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

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  • Many will know this 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 or 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.