Plans for almost 300 homes south of Bridgwater dubbed "premature"

The outline for the new 292 homes to be built south of Stockmoor

The outline for the new 292 homes to be built south of Stockmoor

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PLANS to build almost 300 homes between Bridgwater and North Petherton have been described as “premature” by local councillors and “badly thought out” by local residents.

Bridgwater Gateway submitted plans for 292 homes and related infrastructure just south of Stockmoor village.

The development has been described by Bridgwater Gateway as “benefiting new and existing residents and the economic growth of the town as a whole and can help consolidate Bridgwater as a regional economic hub”.

The plans include provisions for cycle paths and bus routes to reduce road congestion and promote less car use.

However both local councillors and residents feel the plans have come much too early.

Cllr Anne Fraser, councillor for North Petherton, said: “The original permission for the site was for supply chain businesses and this proposal is obviously contrary to that permission.

“We welcomed the innovation centre and we want to see that and more business to be built. I believe it to be premature to be doing phase two before phase one.”

North Petherton Town Mayor Bill Revans said: "This area, which will be behind the first phase of the Bridgwater Gateway site, was identified for employment use, previously. Phase one, which has already been granted permission, will be adjacent to the A38 and will be for employment use associated with the Hinkley Point new nuclear build.

“This new residential development will be accessed through this commercial development with a bigger junction onto the A38 opposite the Rural Business Centre. The planned second access onto Campion Way has now been dropped. No details about how local education issues will be addressed in the application, what facilities might be provided for local residents or the mix of affordable housing that would be built."

He added: “I am sure residents of North Petherton, Stockmoor, Wilstock and Huntworth will be very interested in this application and will want to ensure that their views are heard."

Joanne Ennis, from Stockmoor, said: “More houses here will add to the already-horrendous road congestion getting into Bridgwater. It would result in more cars using the main route of Stockmoor village which goes straight past the junior school.”

“I already struggle to get out on the Huntworth roundabout on a morning and have had several near misses. This development will make it worse.”

Paula Reed, from North Petherton, said: “Schools in the area seem to be under a great deal of pressure, which these new dwellings can only add to.”

North Petherton Town Council is holding a special planning meeting at the community centre on Thursday at 8pm when local people are invited to have their views heard. Bridgwater Gateway consortium have been invited to the meeting to present their application Comments to Sedgemoor District Council must be received by April 5.

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9:20pm Fri 21 Mar 14

frags27 says...

Interesting reading, I like the comment about several near misses coming off the huntworth roundabout. I have daily issues with people the other side of the coin who from Stockmoor shoot across the roundabout and don't actually stop at all as though there is no roundabout. Only this week two boy racers at 7:15am failed to see me already going round the roundabout why because they didn't bother to even look or slow down they went straight across in excess of I would say 30-40 mph.

They had the shock of their lives when they saw me already infront of them as I had right of way. High time traffic lights were put there to stop people just pulling out and forgetting they still give way to traffic from the right which means me coming from North Petherton (proper North Petherton) has the right of way. The whole site is badly designed and packed in like a row of cabbages it was always designed for the employment like EDF and workers but in ended up for people who worked outside of the Town mostly and used as a M5 out of the town where people really worked. Lets face it Bridgwater is a low paid area so get cheap housing, affordable housing and people work outside the area and straight onto the M5. Best of both worlds, live here, work elsewhere and earn more.
Interesting reading, I like the comment about several near misses coming off the huntworth roundabout. I have daily issues with people the other side of the coin who from Stockmoor shoot across the roundabout and don't actually stop at all as though there is no roundabout. Only this week two boy racers at 7:15am failed to see me already going round the roundabout why because they didn't bother to even look or slow down they went straight across in excess of I would say 30-40 mph. They had the shock of their lives when they saw me already infront of them as I had right of way. High time traffic lights were put there to stop people just pulling out and forgetting they still give way to traffic from the right which means me coming from North Petherton (proper North Petherton) has the right of way. The whole site is badly designed and packed in like a row of cabbages it was always designed for the employment like EDF and workers but in ended up for people who worked outside of the Town mostly and used as a M5 out of the town where people really worked. Lets face it Bridgwater is a low paid area so get cheap housing, affordable housing and people work outside the area and straight onto the M5. Best of both worlds, live here, work elsewhere and earn more. frags27
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8:00am Sat 22 Mar 14

swjoduk says...

The Mercury are always running stories about planning applications. Why not make it easier for people and include the planning reference so people can look it up easily!

As for Stockmoor/Wilstock residents moaning about more houses causing increased traffic problems. What do they think their own homes did? Can't move into new housing in an expanding town and be surprised when more is planned.
The Mercury are always running stories about planning applications. Why not make it easier for people and include the planning reference so people can look it up easily! As for Stockmoor/Wilstock residents moaning about more houses causing increased traffic problems. What do they think their own homes did? Can't move into new housing in an expanding town and be surprised when more is planned. swjoduk
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8:37am Sat 22 Mar 14

Blue Owl says...

Swjoduk, what a great suggestion re the Mercury post the Ref to the SDC Planning Portal, if they did that, you would be able to form your own Opinion, no be led by the Reporters 'Take' on the Story. Simpleeees !!!
The reason that Bridgwater, is daily becoming more Gridlocked is because SCC, are not using and spending the 106 Monies Collected from ALL Developments, to upgrade, put in place the Highway requirements, that are part of the 106 Agreements Imposed on almost every Development, private Housing Applications, Major Developments, and of Course Commercial Planning Gains.
We are having to cope with increased Traffic, on our badly maintained infrastructure Highways, as a SCC Highways Planning Officer, told me in a phone call to myself, last Friday PM, that they can not alter the Traffic Lights and Upgrade them, as they have no funding ??????????**** !!!!!!!
With all the New Developments in and around Bridgwater, where is the 106 Money Collected off of Every Developer Gone, as it has been Collected, that's for Sure by SCC........
David L Preece
Blue - Owl
Swjoduk, what a great suggestion re the Mercury post the Ref to the SDC Planning Portal, if they did that, you would be able to form your own Opinion, no be led by the Reporters 'Take' on the Story. Simpleeees !!! The reason that Bridgwater, is daily becoming more Gridlocked is because SCC, are not using and spending the 106 Monies Collected from ALL Developments, to upgrade, put in place the Highway requirements, that are part of the 106 Agreements Imposed on almost every Development, private Housing Applications, Major Developments, and of Course Commercial Planning Gains. We are having to cope with increased Traffic, on our badly maintained infrastructure Highways, as a SCC Highways Planning Officer, told me in a phone call to myself, last Friday PM, that they can not alter the Traffic Lights and Upgrade them, as they have no funding ??????????**** !!!!!!! With all the New Developments in and around Bridgwater, where is the 106 Money Collected off of Every Developer Gone, as it has been Collected, that's for Sure by SCC........ David L Preece Blue - Owl Blue Owl
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5:45pm Sun 23 Mar 14

katalina21 says...

The planning application number is 37/14/00020 :)
The planning application number is 37/14/00020 :) katalina21
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12:13pm Mon 24 Mar 14

joe.dempsey says...

swjoduk wrote:
The Mercury are always running stories about planning applications. Why not make it easier for people and include the planning reference so people can look it up easily!

As for Stockmoor/Wilstock residents moaning about more houses causing increased traffic problems. What do they think their own homes did? Can't move into new housing in an expanding town and be surprised when more is planned.
Good idea, I'll include the planning reference number in future. The reference number for this one is 37/14/00020.

Joe
[quote][p][bold]swjoduk[/bold] wrote: The Mercury are always running stories about planning applications. Why not make it easier for people and include the planning reference so people can look it up easily! As for Stockmoor/Wilstock residents moaning about more houses causing increased traffic problems. What do they think their own homes did? Can't move into new housing in an expanding town and be surprised when more is planned.[/p][/quote]Good idea, I'll include the planning reference number in future. The reference number for this one is 37/14/00020. Joe joe.dempsey
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9:12pm Wed 26 Mar 14

swjoduk says...

Not just you Joe, all the reporters need to do the same when running a planning story
Not just you Joe, all the reporters need to do the same when running a planning story swjoduk
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