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VILLAGERS PLAN TO FIGHT PRESSURE FOR NEW HOMES IN NORTH SOMERSET

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Villagers are opposing plans to develop the village of Long Ashton which they say would turn it into another suburb...
Villagers are opposing plans to develop the village of Long Ashton which they say would turn it into another suburb of Bristol, according to the Bristol Evening Post.

A committee set up by four local authorities is thought to favour development in Long Ashton due to its easy access to bus links and proximity to the rail link to Bristol.

The pressure for building new homes comes after a government-appointed panel recommended that 17,700 homes should be built in North Somerset between 1996-2001.

That is 3,900 more than the 13,800 North Somerset Council believed was achievable last year.

Long Ashton parish council's planning committee chairwoman Mary Uppington said: 'The parish council and local residents have fought six planning inquiries to stop new houses being built on our green fields - and the battle will continue.'
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