Last updated: Mon 25 Aug 2014

Planning Board votes against housing plans

Plans to build up to 100 houses in Nunney have been rejected by Mendip’s Planning Board in a meeting on Wednesday 20 August.

Barratt Homes revised plan Green Pits Lane NunneyThe application for outline planning permission by Barratt Homes was considered by the Planning Board in a meeting at Kilver Court, Shepton Mallet.

The Planning Board voted overwhelmingly against giving Barratt Homes the outline planning permission it had applied for, with a majority of either 10-2 or 11-2 against (details still coming in at present).

In total 61 members of the public wrote in to comment on the application, all of whom were against it.

Case Officer Matthew Wiliams of Mendip’s Planning department recommended that outline planning permission be refused. He argued that the proposed development of up to 100 dwellings would represent “a significant, unnecessary and unjustified encroachment of built development which harms the scenic and distinctive rural character of the site and significantly degrades the quality of the local landscape.”

Barratt Homes Nunney

The plans have been controversial in Nunney

“As such, the proposals are contrary to Saved Policies S1 and Q1 of the Mendip District Local Plan, Policies CP2 and DP9 of the Draft Mendip Local Plan Part 1: Strategy and Policies (as proposed for modification, June 2014) and a core planning principle set out in the National Planning Policy Framework. A condition requiring a comprehensive landscape scheme would not fully mitigate the adverse impact of development proposed.”

He added that the proposed development of up to 100 houses in a location with limited services and facilities would generate a significant number of private vehicle movements, and the alternative transport modes available and a travel plan would not secure a significant modal shift.

“The level and location of the proposed development would therefore not make satisfactory provision for access by all means of travel (particularly by means other than the private car) and the proposal is therefore contrary to Saved Policy S1 of the Mendip District Local Plan, Policies CP2 and DP9 of the Draft Mendip Local Plan Part 1:¬†Strategy and Policies (as proposed for modification, June 2014) and Chapter 4 of the National Planning Policy Framework.”

The full recommendation, with a summary of all responses received from both the public and consulted experts, is available online.

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