Housing development "too much for North Petherton" says councillor

This is The West Country: John Swayne John Swayne

A MAJOR housing development near High Street would add to the strain on North Petherton’s roads and school places, a councillor has claimed.

North Petherton Town Council is holding an extraordinary planning meeting on Monday, to discuss West of England Developments’ bid for 48 homes on land just off High Street.

The Mercury reported last week how the firm had withdrawn a previous application for 65 homes on the same area of land, earlier this year.

In a letter sent to Sedgemoor District Council’s planning committee, which will have the final say on the scheme, North Petherton councillor John Swayne says: “Very little has changed since the last application and my objections remain the same.

“High Street is not suitable to take at least 96 extra cars so, on traffic issues alone, I object.

“The road structure all around that area is too narrow for the existing traffic so to put extra traffic will cause problems.”

Cllr Swayne said the new homes could bring in more than 100 children to the area.

He added: “At present, even with the proposed extension of North Petherton Primary School, there are not enough places.

“I also think that, even with the changes, this is over development.”

Resident Jennifer Sturges, of North Street, added in another letter to the council: “I object to this proposed development on multiple grounds.

“Infastructure will not cope with more houses.”

West of England Developments says the 48 homes will include 20 classed as affordable – helping to meet a need for cheaper housing in the district.

It has also included as part of its application the results of a survey carried out in November 2012 into housing needs in North Petherton, in which 91% of people said there was a lack of suitable housing in the town to meet their needs.

Monday’s meeting will take place at 7.30pm, in North Petherton Community Centre.

Sedgemoor District Council will not decide on the application until January at the earliest.

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7:08am Sun 15 Dec 13

Town Fantasy says...

Its happening everywhere. Small villages being made to take on more housing, when we don't have the infrastructure to handle the extra traffic. When will the councils listen? Or are they to busy lining their own pockets?
Its happening everywhere. Small villages being made to take on more housing, when we don't have the infrastructure to handle the extra traffic. When will the councils listen? Or are they to busy lining their own pockets? Town Fantasy

8:13am Sun 15 Dec 13

MINIME2 says...

Don't forget more housing more council tax BUT where does that extra money go ? can't see where it is spent around this area !The main A38 through Nort Petherton cannot cope with more traffic it is a nightmare travelling through there it must be awful for the residents .
Don't forget more housing more council tax BUT where does that extra money go ? can't see where it is spent around this area !The main A38 through Nort Petherton cannot cope with more traffic it is a nightmare travelling through there it must be awful for the residents . MINIME2

12:50pm Sun 15 Dec 13

frags27 says...

It isn't so much the main road that is the issue its the fact that the land where the fields are is a back lane that is not wide enough for two cars to go through at a time. This back road is narrow and not wide for two cars it also has cars parked for residents who live on the lane as well. The three roads nearby again have no resident parking most of the way so they park in the road. That's the issue before it even gets to the main road for people to get out which is on a blind bend uphill.

Put it this way a lane that is twice as narrow as Bower Lane in Bridgwater with cars parked on it that will become the main entrance and uphill.
It isn't so much the main road that is the issue its the fact that the land where the fields are is a back lane that is not wide enough for two cars to go through at a time. This back road is narrow and not wide for two cars it also has cars parked for residents who live on the lane as well. The three roads nearby again have no resident parking most of the way so they park in the road. That's the issue before it even gets to the main road for people to get out which is on a blind bend uphill. Put it this way a lane that is twice as narrow as Bower Lane in Bridgwater with cars parked on it that will become the main entrance and uphill. frags27

1:45pm Sun 15 Dec 13

MINIME2 says...

frags27. That is a very valid argument for not passing the planning application.The priority is to sort out this lane and entrance and exit before they even consider the plans.
frags27. That is a very valid argument for not passing the planning application.The priority is to sort out this lane and entrance and exit before they even consider the plans. MINIME2

1:37pm Tue 17 Dec 13

swjoduk says...

It will probably depend on how Highways see the proposal.
It will probably depend on how Highways see the proposal. swjoduk

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