Minutes of the Extraordinary Meeting of Nunney Parish Council held at Dallimore Mead Hall Monday, 10th March 2014 at 7.00pm.
Present: Ken Lloyd (Chairman); Mesdames Beresford, Capstick-Dale, Hannam (part), McGee (part); Messrs Allom, Gaunt, Hayden, Masters (part), Sanderson. Also present: Ms B Palmer (Clerk).
In attendance: Cllr Gloria Cawood (part); members of the public x18.
- Apologies for absence ‒ Sue Ellis (holiday).
- Declarations of Interest – None declared.
Francis Hayden arrived.
- Planning Application MDC 2014/0198/OTS
Outline planning permission for the erection of up to 100 no. dwellings, vehicular access from Glebelands, highways improvements, public open space, drainage and associated works on land at Green Pits Lane for BDW Trading Ltd.
Members already having studied the application prior to the meeting, the Chairman explained that Councillors would discuss the application and take a decision on the Council’s response. He asked if members of the public had anything to new to add to the representations already made ‒ no one asked to speak.
The Chairman asked if anyone was in favour of the application ‒ none. Accordingly, it was agreed that the Parish Council is unanimously against the application and objections were discussed
i) Traffic. Issues included: concerns over increased traffic; lack of pavements; narrow roads; access from Glebelands; the junction of Green Pits Lane and Glebelands. The use of Westover and the village centre for travel to school and work was a major concern and was discussed at length.
Pia McGee and Cllr Cawood arrived during the discussions on “traffic”.
ii) Flooding. Issues discussed included: problems of surface-water run off from the site; water collection basins (SUDS) and soak-aways; on-going problems of flooding in the Market Place. During preparation of the village flood plan inter-agency communication was poor and it was felt this would be an issue if flooding problems occurred after the development was built.
Freda Hannam arrived.
iii) School. The school roll is expected to rise anyway and children from an extra 100 dwellings would over-stretch its infrastructure; the Chairman of the School Governors has already written to Mendip.
iv) Sewage. The village sewerage pipes are already a problem and it was felt they will not be able to handle waste from another 100 houses.
v) Scale of the development. It was unanimously agreed that the scale of the proposed development is out of proportion to the village; it will be an increase of 27%.
vi) Sustainability. It was unanimously agreed that the village infrastructure cannot sustain a development of this size. Extended discussions took place. Issues covered included: the development has not been designed to be incorporated into the village; it is outside of the village development limit; it is on greenfield land; local roads cannot handle the additional traffic; the frequency/timing of the bus will not meet needs; broadband is already poor; there are no local jobs. It was agreed that all these issues will foster the need to travel.
vii) Affordable Homes. It was agreed that there is no requirement for a projected 30 affordable homes ‒ the current need is for nine.
Overall it was agreed that the Council was unable to see a benefit for the village and for the reasons discussed will recommend refusal of planning permission.
The meeting concluded at 8.00pm