Delight for residents in Pilning as planning application is refused by South Gloucestershire Council

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By Trucks79 | Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 14:36

According to local residents in Pilning `People power` is the reason why South Gloucestershire Councils planning department has refused permission for a travellers site in the village of Pilning.

Local residents in Pilning joined forces to raise objections to proposals made by Jim Coffey, the former director of Interlock Drives Ltd which is no longer trading.

Mr Coffey had applied for planning permission for four caravan pitches behind his family bungalow in Pilning but to the relief of local residents the application was refused this week by South Gloucestershire Council.

The application was for four caravans to provide accommodation for his extended family as well as utility rooms. It is understood that more than 70 people objected to the planning application which involved building on green belt that was in a flood zone.

One local resident in Pilning said "This just goes to show what people power can really do, the community came together to make a stand and to make the point clear that we did not want this in our village and in our community"

Another resident who did not wish to be named said "It is about time that the council stood up and took notice of what people in the community wanted! it is a great success story and the work has paid off".

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    is this the same guy that was in the bristol evening post? the one who was conning people out of money by over charging on dodgy drives? if so then he got 3 yearsd I think. but I was told that he has since started another company as well?

    By bigmandave at 08:04 on 11/08/11

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