Council's housing plan gets mixed reaction

PUBLISHED: 09:00 13 January 2015

Some people have objected to the planned homes (Picture: Getty Images).

Some people have objected to the planned homes (Picture: Getty Images).

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THE prospect of 55 new homes being built in a Somerset village has received a mixed response, with more than 100 comments being received by Sedgemoor District Council.

Wedmore Parish Council wants outline planning permission for the homes, of which 24 would be affordable, on land south of The Lerburne at Cross Farm.

The documents submitted with the application say the site is a ‘natural location’ for housing in the village as it would not be overlooked and is close to the shops.

Many comments relate to the proposed vehicle access from both The Lerburne and Combe Batch Rise.

Louis Crooks, who lives in Combe Batch, said: “The access onto the B3139 through Combe Batch Rise will create more traffic on an already dangerous road.”

And Gareth Gosling of Mutton Lane said the traffic problems in Wedmore would be made worse by the development.

He added: “This project as far as I can see is just a money-making exercise with only a few benefitting from the profits it will generate.”

Mike and Sue Rippon added: “This is an incomplete, uninformative proposal, put together with indecent haste by Wedmore Parish Council, in pursuit of a series of agendas.”

But the parish council refuted any comments that it did not have local support for the plans.

A letter sent by the council said: “The parish council has put its name to this application in order to demonstrate the level of support which it gives to a scheme which would meet the housing needs of the village for a significant time into the future.

“There is no conflict of interest here – it is the carefully considered and responsible strategy of a parish council which is seeking to do the best for the long-term future of the community.”

Others offered support for the plans and Gary Palmer of Connelly Drive said: “If this village does not expand, particularly for affordable housing, it will die.

“Too many locals have to move out of the village due to the unaffordable cost of housing, as not everyone can get high-paid jobs.

“Clearly traffic and schooling will need to be carefully considered, but these are not insurmountable.”

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