DECISION TO REMOVE AND RELOCATE FOOTPATH SAVES MATURE LIME TREES

A planning decision to remove and relocate 50m of footpath, leading from the access road to the Southern Phase of Crewkerne Key Site, has saved a corridor of mature lime trees along Station Road. The application for a Non-Material Amendment to planning permission 19/03482/S73 was submitted by the developer, Taylor Wimpey, following discussions with District and County Council officers and in response to requests from local residents who campaigned to save the trees.

South Somerset District Council recently approved the amendment, which will also allow for the footpath to be widened from the previously approved 2.5m to 3m and enable both pedestrian and cycle use of the route, which will eventually lead into Blacknell Lane and offer an alternative route to the busy A356.

Requests for a separate cycleway, submitted by five local residents and supported by Space4Crewkerne and Crewkerne Town Council, was ruled to be outside of the remit for a non-material minor amendment to the approved scheme. It had ‘not formed a requirement of the outline planning permission’ or any of the ‘previously approved plans that define the access and other circulation routes.’

Although the mature lime trees along Station Road have Tree Preservation Orders on them, three were felled at the beginning of March to allow for the access road to the site and five others were in danger of being felled. The recent planning amendment has safe-guarded the future of the remaining trees and has been welcomed by local residents, campaigners and conservationists.

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