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Ilminster Town Council opposes new homes
8:30am Friday 11th October 2013 in News
ILMINSTER Town Council has strongly opposed plans for a new housing development at Canal Way.
Persimmon Homes originally applied to build 59 houses at the site near Adams Meadow in July but revised its plans last month, upping the number of properties to 65.
The development would include a mixture of properties, ranging from one bedroom to four bedroom, with at least 21 affordable homes.
Several councillors expressed concerns at a meeting of the planning, highways and transport committee last Tuesday where they recommended refusal. No members of the public attended.
Mayor of Ilminster Emma Jane Taylor said: “We think that the site is over developed and that the proposed affordable housing is too small.”
She added: “We are also concerned about access to the site for emergency vehicles and that the plans don’t allow for the revised, updated flooding information for our area.
“There is a significant list of concerns at this point in time which is why we feel it should not be approved.
“We had already seen the planning application when it was 59 houses and we had similar concerns then.
“But what I would say is that as a council we are not completely opposed to having houses built there, but what we are opposed to is the proposal that has been put in front of us.”
In 2008 the site was earmarked for office blocks and a car park but the planning application for this lapsed after developers failed to drum up enough interest from businesses.
Plans for the Persimmon development include an open space within the site and if the planning application is approved the company has also agreed to make a contribution towards improving the recreation ground in the town.
The report states that the development has the support of local people.
It adds: “The development proposals are considered to be a sustainable form of development on the basis that they will deliver a mix of housing to meet a local and identified need.
“The development will also enable Ilminster to grow and better sustain its local facilities and services.”
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