Protesters set to lose Shudrick Valley fight

First published in News

CAMPAIGNERS fighting housing development in Ilminster’s Shud-rick Valley claim they have been ‘ignored’ by planners.

Tomorrow (Thursday), South Somerset District Council will verify final proposals for the Local Plan, which will guide development across the district until 2028.

Despite a vigorous campaign by protesters, it looks as if 340 homes will be earmarked for the Shudrick Valley site.

Campaigners felt they were moving in the right direction when a public meeting was held over the proposals last July, but the council has made only one small change in its plans which, if agreed, will go to an inspector for final approval later this year.

When the plan initially went out to public consultation in October 2010, the council’s preferred direction of growth was in the Canal Way area of Ilminster, but the Save Shudrick Valley group was launched when that option changed in July 2011, without public consultation, to the south-east area of the town.

The group only found out about the change when the district council adopted the plan in April 2012.

A final public consultation was held a few months later and 293 comments were received, which included 232 against the Shudrick Valley proposals and calls for the planned development to be moved back to Canal Way.

Group spokesman Rob Drayton said: “That’s 80% of the comments, yet the district council has chosen to ignore us.”

Though the district council wants to go ahead with the Shudrick Valley plan, it has proposed to reduce the amount of land earmarked for development.

A council report said: “It was not the intention to develop land identified as landscape and accordingly it is proposed to reduce the direction of growth to exclude such sensitive land.”

But Mr Drayton said: “This makes no difference to our campaign. The development shouldn’t be in Shudrick Valley, but on the obvious Canal Way site.”

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5:26pm Wed 16 Jan 13

orchardman says...

Well, what a surprise that the district council ignored local opinion, particularly as Shudrick Lane only became viable when a certain landowner made a crucial area available, and who will no doubt get a handsome windfall with the agricultural land becoming developement land. Should really improve the already busy town centre traffic flow!. Let's hope they can get the planning detail right or else we'll finish up with an estate with no access!. Finally, haven't noticed a lot of comment one way or the other from our illustrious town council members.
Well, what a surprise that the district council ignored local opinion, particularly as Shudrick Lane only became viable when a certain landowner made a crucial area available, and who will no doubt get a handsome windfall with the agricultural land becoming developement land. Should really improve the already busy town centre traffic flow!. Let's hope they can get the planning detail right or else we'll finish up with an estate with no access!. Finally, haven't noticed a lot of comment one way or the other from our illustrious town council members. orchardman
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6:05pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Jimsainsbury says...

After the recent flooding in Ditton Street and around the Tesco store what will be the effect of another 300 houses and associated hard landscaping on the drainage into the Shrudrick stream? If the drains can't cope now I'm pretty sure they won't cope in the future. But that's not going to worry our friends in SSDC.
After the recent flooding in Ditton Street and around the Tesco store what will be the effect of another 300 houses and associated hard landscaping on the drainage into the Shrudrick stream? If the drains can't cope now I'm pretty sure they won't cope in the future. But that's not going to worry our friends in SSDC. Jimsainsbury
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12:04pm Thu 17 Jan 13

CarterMagna says...

Ilminster has two district councillors. One of which is also a County Councillor. Must have been for the development I suppose.
Ilminster has two district councillors. One of which is also a County Councillor. Must have been for the development I suppose. CarterMagna
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6:24pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Jimsainsbury says...

Unfortunately the majority of the elected members are not from Ilminster aand could not care a fig what happens in Ilminster. Our representatives would easily be out-voted, that is even if they were against the proposal. Perhaps they will tell us.
Unfortunately the majority of the elected members are not from Ilminster aand could not care a fig what happens in Ilminster. Our representatives would easily be out-voted, that is even if they were against the proposal. Perhaps they will tell us. Jimsainsbury
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10:58pm Thu 17 Jan 13

orchardman says...

Even if our district councillors are out- voted on matters such as Shudrick, it would be nice to know they attended the relevant meetings and spoke up for the towns majority. Other than getting their pictures in the paper at some minority function, our councillors seem to keep a pretty low profile regarding the running of the town. Most notably in recent times (well a year ago) the proposed MUGA at the 'rec', which appears to have faded into obscurity.
Even if our district councillors are out- voted on matters such as Shudrick, it would be nice to know they attended the relevant meetings and spoke up for the towns majority. Other than getting their pictures in the paper at some minority function, our councillors seem to keep a pretty low profile regarding the running of the town. Most notably in recent times (well a year ago) the proposed MUGA at the 'rec', which appears to have faded into obscurity. orchardman
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