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NEWS ROUNDUP: Support for EU nationals & Somerset housing development denied


The mayor of Bristol announces support for EU nationals and a housing development planned for Somerset has been refused. 

Bristol’s mayor has vowed to help EU nationals who missed the deadline to stay in the UK after far more people applied than expected after Brexit. Concerns have been raised that many were either unaware or could not get their forms in on time. Marvin Rees says Bristol City Council will support anyone who did not meet the deadline.

It comes as figures show the number of applications in Bristol were at least 42 per cent higher than the estimated number of EU nationals.

Replying to a question by Labour Cllr Don Alexander at a council meeting, the mayor said the latest Home Office data from March showed 47,010 people had applied to the scheme, but the city’s estimated number of EU citizens in 2020 was only about 33,000.

Development denied
Residents of a small Somerset village are relieved after plans for 60 new homes were refused. Developers applied to build on the Manor Farm site at the southern end of Templecombe. Opposition stated that developing the site to this extent would be “harmful” to the grade two-star listed Manor House and the nearby heritage assets.
The plans were widely opposed by locals – including former children’s TV presenter Valerie Singleton – and were refused permission by South Somerset District Council in August 2020.
A303 upgrades
New exhibitions to inform people in Somerset about impending upgrades to the A303 will be held later this month. Highways England has permission to expand three miles of single carriageway between the Podimore and Sparkford roundabouts in an effort to cut journey times in the region.
The agency intends to hold virtual exhibitions in late-July for residents, businesses and motorists to provide greater details of each section of the upgrade and see how disruption can be minimised once work gets under way in September.

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