900 homes planned as part of Jurston development in Wellington

A map outlining where the homes and facilities could be built as part of the Jurston development.

A map outlining where the homes and facilities could be built as part of the Jurston development.

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WORK on a project to build hundreds of homes in Wellington could start as early as next year.

A primary school, new link road, community hall and shops could also be built as part of the 900-home Jurston development.

Details of the scheme were outlined at Taunton Deane’s community scrutiny meeting last week with a six-week public consultation expected to take place before the summer.

The project is part of the Deane’s core strategy to provide a “compact urban extension” east of Wellington, to include:

  • Around 900 homes at an average of 35-40 per hectare, with 25% of these affordable housing;
  • New single form entry primary school, community hall, places of worship, sheltered housing and convenience shopping;
  • A north-south link road between Taunton Road and the A38;
  • A bus loop to provide public transport access to residential areas and link with the town centre, railway station and inter-urban bus services between Wellington and Taunton;
  • A green wedge of approximately 30 hectares to the east of the new residential area and part of the green link from Wellington eastwards to the River Tone and West Deane Way.

Taunton Deane MP Jeremy Browne said: “What is being proposed is a massive new development that will have big implications for Wellington.

“The town has already had hundreds of houses built at Cades Farm and hundreds more will be built at Longforth.

“There is a strong case for extra house building but there needs to be full public consultation and the scale of the development should be appropriate to the size of the town.

“Wellington also increasingly needs infrastructure improvements to stop the town becoming even more congested with traffic and it would make sense for an expanding Wellington to have a train station.

“What would be the worst of all worlds is Wellington being expanded but without the train station, road improvements, schools and amenities that are needed.”

Some of the houses are already under construction as these make up the second phase of the Cades Farm development.

Around 650 of the homes are planned for the land around Jurston Farm, with the whole project expected to be phased out between 2015 and 2030.

The first 150 houses could be built from next year, along with the school and other community facilities, as well as a new roundabout on the A38.

Developers then anticipate building 90 houses in 2018-2020, 100 between 2020-2022, 100 between 2022-2024, 90 between 2024-2026, 60 between 2026-2028 and 60 more by 2030.

Planners say the scheme will create a “neighbourhood that reflects the existing landscape character” with easy access to the town centre.

To view the full development brief, click here.

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12:54pm Thu 8 May 14

St. Austell says...

More homes but what employment for them? None I guess!
More homes but what employment for them? None I guess! St. Austell
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9:56pm Thu 8 May 14

Hljomalind says...

900 house added to a town with already appalling congestion and oversubscribed schools without any mention of where all these people are going to be employed…… am I the only one wondering what planet Taunton Deane are on in even considering this without the infrastructure being well and truly sorted first ? I know the plans mention a school but it took years for this to happen at Cotford , so how long will it take here, while most of the schools are already oversubscribed even before Cades Farm is finished and Longforth Farm has barely started. I also question why plans are going ahead for greenfield developments while brownfield sites like the historically significant Tonedale Mill are being left to rot with the roof off for years and large chunks of masonry falling off over the winter.
900 house added to a town with already appalling congestion and oversubscribed schools without any mention of where all these people are going to be employed…… am I the only one wondering what planet Taunton Deane are on in even considering this without the infrastructure being well and truly sorted first ? I know the plans mention a school but it took years for this to happen at Cotford , so how long will it take here, while most of the schools are already oversubscribed even before Cades Farm is finished and Longforth Farm has barely started. I also question why plans are going ahead for greenfield developments while brownfield sites like the historically significant Tonedale Mill are being left to rot with the roof off for years and large chunks of masonry falling off over the winter. Hljomalind
  • Score: 12

10:18pm Thu 8 May 14

Mi_Coc says...

Houses fine just schools and doctors needed.
Houses fine just schools and doctors needed. Mi_Coc
  • Score: 0

11:27pm Fri 9 May 14

mansell5 says...

It's relatively simple. If there aren't any jobs the people won't get mortgages and the houses won't sell. I have seen people complain about the jobs issue for at least 25 years and they are clearly right, the area is obviously absolutely swamped with housing estates full of empty houses where nobody moved in because there were no jobs.
It's relatively simple. If there aren't any jobs the people won't get mortgages and the houses won't sell. I have seen people complain about the jobs issue for at least 25 years and they are clearly right, the area is obviously absolutely swamped with housing estates full of empty houses where nobody moved in because there were no jobs. mansell5
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8:03am Sat 10 May 14

Dr Dave says...

The current road infrastructure around Wellington just cannot cope, look at Chelston roundabout at 8-8.30am on a weekday morning - and that is before Longforth Farm becomes populated! And then the schools, the GP surgeries, the list is endless. Crazy situation. The new development will become a commuter development, where everyone will leave at 8am for work in Exeter, Bristol and beyond returning at 6pm and not knowing their neighbours.
The current road infrastructure around Wellington just cannot cope, look at Chelston roundabout at 8-8.30am on a weekday morning - and that is before Longforth Farm becomes populated! And then the schools, the GP surgeries, the list is endless. Crazy situation. The new development will become a commuter development, where everyone will leave at 8am for work in Exeter, Bristol and beyond returning at 6pm and not knowing their neighbours. Dr Dave
  • Score: 0

10:14am Sat 10 May 14

jellyonaplate says...

Strange, I would have thought people would be happy to have more houses built to accommodate everyone. Wellington needs more council houses built to put up with the rising number of people on benefits / immigrants and those too lazy to work.
Strange, I would have thought people would be happy to have more houses built to accommodate everyone. Wellington needs more council houses built to put up with the rising number of people on benefits / immigrants and those too lazy to work. jellyonaplate
  • Score: -1

11:14pm Sat 10 May 14

Mi_Coc says...

Dr Dave wrote:
The current road infrastructure around Wellington just cannot cope, look at Chelston roundabout at 8-8.30am on a weekday morning - and that is before Longforth Farm becomes populated! And then the schools, the GP surgeries, the list is endless. Crazy situation. The new development will become a commuter development, where everyone will leave at 8am for work in Exeter, Bristol and beyond returning at 6pm and not knowing their neighbours.
Can't all work in welly factories.

My family have lived in Wellington for 20'years and always commuted to work.

Don't see why commenting an issue.
[quote][p][bold]Dr Dave[/bold] wrote: The current road infrastructure around Wellington just cannot cope, look at Chelston roundabout at 8-8.30am on a weekday morning - and that is before Longforth Farm becomes populated! And then the schools, the GP surgeries, the list is endless. Crazy situation. The new development will become a commuter development, where everyone will leave at 8am for work in Exeter, Bristol and beyond returning at 6pm and not knowing their neighbours.[/p][/quote]Can't all work in welly factories. My family have lived in Wellington for 20'years and always commuted to work. Don't see why commenting an issue. Mi_Coc
  • Score: 0

11:19pm Sat 10 May 14

mansell5 says...

Mi_Coc wrote:
Dr Dave wrote:
The current road infrastructure around Wellington just cannot cope, look at Chelston roundabout at 8-8.30am on a weekday morning - and that is before Longforth Farm becomes populated! And then the schools, the GP surgeries, the list is endless. Crazy situation. The new development will become a commuter development, where everyone will leave at 8am for work in Exeter, Bristol and beyond returning at 6pm and not knowing their neighbours.
Can't all work in welly factories.

My family have lived in Wellington for 20'years and always commuted to work.

Don't see why commenting an issue.
Agree. And 8-8:30 isn't a difficult window to avoid.
[quote][p][bold]Mi_Coc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dr Dave[/bold] wrote: The current road infrastructure around Wellington just cannot cope, look at Chelston roundabout at 8-8.30am on a weekday morning - and that is before Longforth Farm becomes populated! And then the schools, the GP surgeries, the list is endless. Crazy situation. The new development will become a commuter development, where everyone will leave at 8am for work in Exeter, Bristol and beyond returning at 6pm and not knowing their neighbours.[/p][/quote]Can't all work in welly factories. My family have lived in Wellington for 20'years and always commuted to work. Don't see why commenting an issue.[/p][/quote]Agree. And 8-8:30 isn't a difficult window to avoid. mansell5
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6:29am Mon 12 May 14

Dr Dave says...

@Mi_Coc ~ No, nothing wrong with commuting at all but I can see these new estates being almost 100% commuter estates as the employment opportunities within Wellington are rather low I'd say. Everyone will have to get out of Wellington via Chelston roundabout, the queues will be horrendous. Perhaps some traffic signals could be relocated from Taunton to this spot to help the rush hour flows - ever tried getting out of Chelston Business Park at rush hour in the morning?
@Mi_Coc ~ No, nothing wrong with commuting at all but I can see these new estates being almost 100% commuter estates as the employment opportunities within Wellington are rather low I'd say. Everyone will have to get out of Wellington via Chelston roundabout, the queues will be horrendous. Perhaps some traffic signals could be relocated from Taunton to this spot to help the rush hour flows - ever tried getting out of Chelston Business Park at rush hour in the morning? Dr Dave
  • Score: 0

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