PLANNING PERMISSION REFUSED FOR NORTH STREET HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

Planning permission for the erection of 42 dwellings at North Street Trading Estate has been refused by South Somerset District Council. The plans for the residential units, consisting of 2,3 and one 4 bed-roomed houses and 1 and 2 bed-roomed flats over 32 plots were first submitted by Stonewater Ltd in October 2015. Concerns over highway safety due to the narrow access road, leading to and from the proposed development remained consistent throughout the planning process despite attempts by the applicant to address the safety issues with revised plans and designs for a footpath/cycle path running behind Ashlands First School.

South Somerset District Council stated that: “It has not been demonstrated that the proposed development can achieve a safe and suitable access for all users and as such the proposal will have an unacceptable impact upon highway safety.” Letters of objection had been received from residents living near the proposed housing development, that raised major concerns for the safety of pedestrians, school children and the significant increase in the volume of traffic, that would be coming out on to a busy main road from a narrow access road with poor visibility.

Crewkerne Town Council had raised their concerns on the safety aspects on numerous occasions and had recommended that the plans be refused. The original Outline Planning Permission, granted for 24 dwellings on the site, became extant on March 31st this year. Stonewater Ltd have the right to take the decision to refuse the planning application to an appeal but at the time of going to press, there was no indication whether or not this would be happening.

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