Bridgwater ward councillors make last ditch homes protest

Bridgwater Mercury: Cllr Ann Bown Cllr Ann Bown

WARD councillors have made an 11th hour effort to fight a controversial housing development in Bridgwater.

Summerfield Developments was granted planning permission by Sedgemoor District Council to build 120 homes to the south of Durleigh Road, Bridgwater.

But Sedgemoor planners voted on Tuesday to allow the developer to alter the application to allow for changes to building height, changes to the style of homes and to build an electrical sub station in the centre of the site.

The council received seven letters of objection to the changes from residents and ward councillors who have been campaigning against the project since it began, also objected.

Cllr Gill Slocombe said: “It is extremely disappointing to say the least.

“The report says this revised scheme is ‘acceptable’ – when did we decide to assume this word ‘acceptable’ is good enough in Sedgemoor?

“The parking, access and general highway arrangements are not acceptable or satisfactory and this proposal will have a greater impact on highway safety than you can ever imagine; this variation is doing nothing to improve this.

“The ward councillors and the residents we represent have stated all the issues against development in this area and now to come back with a variation in which the developer wishes to increase some of the houses by 30 inches and place an electrical sub station in the middle of an estate is just a step too far.”

Cllr Ann Bown, county councillor for Bridgwater West, also objected to the changes.

She said: “I would ask that the planning officer look at the previous scheme that was submitted and see that this was deemed by many as inappropriate.

“To then come back with an even taller design I feel will be visually intrusive to the development and surrounding areas.”

She added that the sub station could be “intrusive to the street scene”.

Chairman of the planning committee Cllr Bob Filmer said: “There was an existing planning application which had already been passed and these changes were just tweaks of that.

“The ground level has changed slightly and the changes introduce better footpaths. We were concerned about the electricity substation but we have asked for that to be landscaped.”

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11:51am Wed 25 Jun 14

MARTINI 129 says...

Perhaps now the councolliors know now how other residents feel when they hav building projects passed when lots and lots have objected ! Interesting only 7 letters of objection I have seen planning applications with more than 7 letters of objection so this seems very few objections to such a large build .
Perhaps now the councolliors know now how other residents feel when they hav building projects passed when lots and lots have objected ! Interesting only 7 letters of objection I have seen planning applications with more than 7 letters of objection so this seems very few objections to such a large build . MARTINI 129
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12:36pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Ka7e says...

There were just 7 objections to the most recent "tweak". I'm sure there were many to the original application. They would have been informed that there were changes - but they would not be given the details of the changes. You need to go on-line and view the details of the variations and then trawl through all the original planning application to see what was originally there!
There were just 7 objections to the most recent "tweak". I'm sure there were many to the original application. They would have been informed that there were changes - but they would not be given the details of the changes. You need to go on-line and view the details of the variations and then trawl through all the original planning application to see what was originally there! Ka7e
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8:39pm Wed 25 Jun 14

clivemasbury says...

Funny how these two TORY ladys are concerned,because its in their backyard and the fear of not getting elected again,sour grapes I say and up your's
Funny how these two TORY ladys are concerned,because its in their backyard and the fear of not getting elected again,sour grapes I say and up your's clivemasbury
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8:32am Sun 29 Jun 14

Reaping the Whirlwind says...

clivemasbury wrote:
Funny how these two TORY ladys are concerned,because its in their backyard and the fear of not getting elected again,sour grapes I say and up your's
Councillor Ann Bown will always get my vote - Tory, Labour,. Lib Dem or Monster Raving Loony - it doesn"t matter when you are impressed by the indivdual, not the policy.
[quote][p][bold]clivemasbury[/bold] wrote: Funny how these two TORY ladys are concerned,because its in their backyard and the fear of not getting elected again,sour grapes I say and up your's[/p][/quote]Councillor Ann Bown will always get my vote - Tory, Labour,. Lib Dem or Monster Raving Loony - it doesn"t matter when you are impressed by the indivdual, not the policy. Reaping the Whirlwind
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2:36pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Blue Owl says...

clivemasbury wrote:
Funny how these two TORY ladys are concerned,because its in their backyard and the fear of not getting elected again,sour grapes I say and up your's
Clivemasbury Wrote : Funny how these 2 Tory Lady's are concerned, Clive you ought to think b4 you post Inain remarks about 2 very hard working District Councillors, who are objecting on behalf of the Residents they were Elected To Serve, in that Ward, As Town , District and County Councillors.
Obviously, you belong to " The I 'm Alright !! Jack !! " Camp. As long as it does'nt affect you. NIMBY ???
As a Former Councillor Myself, I find your attitude Offensive, to my Former Colleagues, who put them self Forward to represent their Electorate !!
If you think it's such a Doddle, find 10 people , where you live, if you Can !! Who will Support your Application, in Next May 2015 Elections, then get the Majority to support your Views ! Standing, political or Local Issues, and
See then, what the Position Entails.
David L Preece
Blue-Owl Former Conservative Cllr 8 Yrs. SDC / BTC.
[quote][p][bold]clivemasbury[/bold] wrote: Funny how these two TORY ladys are concerned,because its in their backyard and the fear of not getting elected again,sour grapes I say and up your's[/p][/quote]Clivemasbury Wrote : Funny how these 2 Tory Lady's are concerned, Clive you ought to think b4 you post Inain remarks about 2 very hard working District Councillors, who are objecting on behalf of the Residents they were Elected To Serve, in that Ward, As Town , District and County Councillors. Obviously, you belong to " The I 'm Alright !! Jack !! " Camp. As long as it does'nt affect you. NIMBY ??? As a Former Councillor Myself, I find your attitude Offensive, to my Former Colleagues, who put them self Forward to represent their Electorate !! If you think it's such a Doddle, find 10 people , where you live, if you Can !! Who will Support your Application, in Next May 2015 Elections, then get the Majority to support your Views ! Standing, political or Local Issues, and See then, what the Position Entails. David L Preece Blue-Owl Former Conservative Cllr 8 Yrs. SDC / BTC. Blue Owl
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