RESIDENTS UNITED IN OBJECTING TO AN OUTLINE PLANNING APPLICATION FOR UP TO 150 HOMES ON ARABLE LAND

Residents living in Wynyards View, Seaborough View, Cowen Close, Henley View, Manor View and Lang Road in Crewkerne are united in objecting to an Outline Planning application for up to 150 homes on arable land to the south of Kithill. Safety concerns have been raised on the proposed vehicular access road to the major housing development via Lang Road, which is directly opposite the junction with Manor View and on the brow of the hill leading to Cathole Bridge Road. Residents are also concerned that there is a water mains supply pipe, of a very significant size, leading from Sutton Bingham Reservoir to Maiden Beech Academy on the site and the loss of the rich bio-diversity of wildlife which live in the fields and hedges.

Protected species include badgers, with clear evidence of tracks pointing to a clan of badgers living and having their setts there, dormice nesting in the hedgerows and at least six different species of bats, although an ecological report conducted for the applicant in June 2017, outside of roosting season, stated that the area was only used by bats for foraging and commuting. There have also been sighting of slow worms near the small holding and numerous different species of insects, including the black spotted yellow ladybird, have been recorded living in the three fields, put forward in the proposal for the housing development.

The application for Outline Planning permission for a residential development of up to 150 dwellings, public open space, landscaping and associated works, submitted by Pegasus Planning Group Ltd on behalf of their client, was due to be discussed by Crewkerne Town Council on Monday July 30th. It will not be included in the agenda for this meeting and is being rescheduled. In a statement, Crewkerne Town Council said: “As the council is still waiting for further information regarding the application, it will not be included in this meeting. The date will be rescheduled and details of the date of the meeting it will be discussed in and also the venue, will be posted on noticeboards outside of the town hall and in Falkland Square.” Plans of the proposed housing development can be viewed in the town council offices between 9 am and 1 pm on weekdays.

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