The full text of an e-mail received by the Website in May, 2000, from Julian Britton regarding the proposed expansion at Garston's Orchard.
Open letter from the Garstons Local Residents Group
This is followed by an open letter from the Garstons
Local Residents Group
"I do not know what your attitude is towards the latest
Taywood Homes application for Garstons Orchard, but I am part
of an action group trying to prevent an explosion in development
in Wrington, which is assured if the village fence is breached.
One of my colleagues will be contacting you re our stand, as there is now going to be a public inquiry in the Memorial Hall over a 4 day period between 12 - 15 June.
I would hope that you would allow us to air our views and as
you are impartial allow Taywood Homes the same web space
on your site.
[Happy to go along with this suggestion - this website
is indeed an impartial means of communication for matters relating
to the village - Ed]
North Somerset Council are to do everything they can to win the
appeal against Taywood, and I'm contacting you because the Planning
Dept is giving everyone the chance to meet them at their Local
Plan Review meeting on Tuesday 23 May between 14.00 - 19.30 hours in the Congresbury Old School Rooms.
We had great support in the village over the Maxim Application, which was turned down, but this appeal is 'the last chance saloon' and we think the people of Wrington do not realise how important this decision is as North Somerset has to accept a quota of 17,500 houses over the next few years Julian Britton"
LOCAL INQUIRY INTO GARSTONS ORCHARD,
WRINGTON INTO WRONGTOWN
APPLICATION BY TAYWOOD HOMES LTD
Following pressure from the Parish Council, it has been agreed
that the Local Inquiry into the application to build 39 houses
on Garstons Orchard will now be held in the village hall. Exact
details have yet to be published, but the Inspector has set aside
up to four days for the Inquiry starting on Monday, 12 June.
The proposed development represents a major breach of the village
fence and the Wrington conservation area, and the transfer of
the Inquiry to the village gives us the opportunity to show that
the proposal is strongly opposed.
There are three ways in which you can help:-
By writing in advance to the Planning Inspectorate, Room 1015,
Tollgate House, Houlton Street, Bristol BS2 9DJ not less than
seven days before the Inquiry setting out your views and quoting
reference no. APP/D0121/A/00/1037213. These letters will count,
and may be read out at the Inquiry.
Please try to attend at the Inquiry, and indicate to the Inspector
if you wish to speak on any issue. This will be at his discretion,
but even if you do not wish to speak publicly you will help show
the strength of local feeling by attending, or by dropping in
whenever you can.
The Inquiry is critical for the future of your village and it
is important that all of us play our part. It represents the
last stage of the Planning process and the Inspector`s decision
will be final. Failure will open the floodgates to other potential
breaches of the fence and could well end up turning:-
The arguments are very clear.
Village infrastructure is already under pressure, with the school
rejecting local children and the road system stretched.
A breach of the village fence and the conservation area is the
thin end of the wedge. The loss of a green lung which reaches
far into the village will affect many who enjoy the rural nature
of our environment.
There must be building on brownfield sites before grabbing even
more green land. Houses should be built by the jobs, and not
remotely, thereby fuelling even more commuter jams.
Wrington is not on a public transport corridor.
The site and the adjacent area already have a history of flooding
which greater development will make worse.
And at the local level, the extra traffic through Garstons is
just unacceptable, and the proximity of the enlarged industrial
estate will inevitably lead to problems.
Please help to protect your village and give full support
over the next few weeks.
Thank you on behalf of Garstons Local Residents Group.
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to photos of subsequent appeal hearing