A potential housing development, now open for public consultation, at Goldwell Farm in the parish of Merriott would put extra strain on Crewkerne’s infrastructure. Although the arable land at the centre of the proposal for 85 new homes is across the town’s border, the access road from the site would exit onto Ashlands Road, opposite Wadham School. A planning application for a similar development by Gleeson Strategic Land Ltd was refused by South Somerset District Council and the developers subsequently lost an appeal against the district council’s decision in 2014.

At a meeting of Crewkerne Town Council on March 24th, 2014, Councillor Mike Best reported that, “although the Area West Committee had agreed to refuse the Gleeson planning application at Goldwell Farm, on the grounds of sustainability, Somerset County Highways was in support of the proposed Travel Plan and did not consider there would be any significant impact on Crewkerne from the extra cars even with the CLR properties.” In the Clerk’s progress report at the same town council meeting, deputy clerk, Mrs A Roffey, advised that a letter had been received from Merriott Parish Council with regards to a request made by CTC for a boundary review, to transfer the land into the parish of Crewkerne. The response from Merriott Parish Council was that there was ‘no support about the request’.

The current proposal for the development on land at Goldwell Farm is outlined in a leaflet, which has been delivered by the developers, to residents living in the Wadham park area of the town. Comments and feedback are invited by returning a section of the leaflet to the address given, or online by visiting www.goldwellfarmcrewkerne.co.uk The public consultation period ends on October 26th, 2020. Our featured map shows the parish boundary, marked with a pink line, between Merriott and Crewkerne.

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