South Somerset District Council have asked for town councillors to consider the Order 2015 Notice under Article 13 for planning permission for a Long Stay Car Park at the Millers Garage site in Crewkerne. The site was acquired by South Somerset District Council in November 2014, when it came up for sale at an auction in Sherborne, managed by Real Estate Agent, Symonds & Sampson, at a guide price of £225,000. SSDC had identified that there was a shortfall in long stay car parking within Crewkerne and that the vacant plot of land had the potential to alleviate the problem.
The Millers Garage site runs adjacent to Wyvern Court. Representatives from SSDC held a meeting with residents at the end of last year, to explain the district council’s proposals for the site and invite their comments on the plans. Crewkerne Town Council, who own the joining strip of land between the lane leading to Henhayes and the Millers Garage site, have asked for clarification on a few points in the planning document, mainly to confirm that it is a planning application for change of use on the land which was Millers Garage. Town councillors have also expressed a wish that the words ‘long stay’ should be stipulated on the official documents.
The entrance to the site is currently padlocked and carries a warning of Asbestos. The disused building at the top of the site in East Street, which was formerly the reception and showroom for Crewkerne Car Centre run by proprietor Chris Legget, remains boarded up. It is understood that this building will be demolished when work on the site begins, to provide a wider ingress and egress to a long stay car park and safer access to and from the main road. Subject to planning permission and the consent and agreement of Crewkerne Town Council and Somerset County Council, a new long stay car park within walking distance of the town centre, will be delivered at some time in the future.