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No go for David Wilson Homes proposals
8:30am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
PROPOSALS put forward by David Wilson Homes for a 110-home development on land east of Crimchard in Chard were soundly rejected last week by South Somerset District Council’s Area West committee.
It was no surprise that councillors voted unanimously to refuse the application on Wednesday, coming immediately after a proposed 350-home development, submitted by Mactaggart & Mickel, was also thrown out by the council.
Members of the public spoke out at the meeting against the proposals with just as much gusto and concern as they had when the Mactaggart & Mickel proposals were put forward, but resident Gary Frecknell had a word of warning for his neighbours.
He suggested that the developers would take the plans to appeal and could quite possibly get the go-ahead for the scheme.
But councillors said they had little option but to object to the application, and they had numerous reasons.
These included the fact that it was contrary to the development plan and the Chard Regeneration Plan, it would not be sustainable, it would spark concerns over road safety, it would be harmful to wildlife and it would come with a lack of amenities.
Cllr Martin Wale told the meeting he was shocked to discover that the only access into the proposed site would be from the Crimchard road, which links Chard with Combe St Nicholas and the A303.
“People will turn right out of that development and head for Taunton,” he said.
“It means all that extra traffic coming out at the Eagle Tavern junction – one of the worst accident blackspots in our area and possibly Somerset.”
Cllr Wale said that it would have been “dangerous and irresponsible” for councillors support the application.
Nobody from David Wilson Homes came forward to speak at the meeting – something which infuriated councillors.
Cllr Nigel Mermagen said it was an “insult to the committee and, more importantly, the public” for nobody to come forward from David Wilson Homes to speak on an application of such size and importance.
James Edwards, who had spoken on behalf of Mactaggart & Mickel at the earlier application, stayed for the duration of the meeting to hear the outcome of the David Wilson Homes proposals.
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