Amended plans for the link road to the proposed CLR housing development in Crewkerne, were unanimously approved by South Somerset District Council’s, Area West Committee on May 20th via a virtual meeting. The link road will begin at a new signalised junction with the A30 Yeovil Road and continue south through the Key Site to link up, via another signalised junction, with the A356 in Station Road.

Concerns were raised that the amended road layout, for the southern part of the scheme, which would now be long and straight, would attract fast traffic. It was agreed that traffic calming measures could be incorporated into the scheme before any building work begins.

The Key Site will provide 635 homes, a primary school, 60 bed care home and employment units, with areas of green space, landscaping, open countryside, measures to protect local wildlife, an attenuation pond to reduce the risk of flooding to residents and footpaths and cycle ways to enhance the links to the town.

Councillor Mike Best said: “Crewkerne needs this development. It needs the road and the extension to industry and housing. At peak times, traffic is horrendous in the town centre. This is a major step to sorting out our traffic issues.” Developer, Taylor Wimpey can now move forward to the next stage in the development, which will include detailed plans for the residential, community and commercial buildings proposed on the Key Site.

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