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Residents gather to voice concern over revised Windmill Hill development plan [UPDATED]

Tuesday 9 May 2017, 08:05
By Fanny Charles

The revised Windmill Hill plan
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[UPDATE - 21-05-2017:] The full masterplan has now become available (above). Click the image to download the full document in PDF format.

[ORIGINAL:] Residents of Bayford and Penn View are opposing new plans to develop farmland off Bayford Hill. They voiced their concerns at a meeting in Bayford on Friday 6th May.

The applicants, Oxford Law Ltd, based at Worcester, are seeking permission for 150 houses on the site, where a previous application for about 100 houses has already been turned down by South Somerset District Council. The new proposal is for 97 houses for the open market, 37 social housing, and 16 intermediate units. The owners are listed as Park Farm Partners, Windmill Farm, Grants Lane, Wincanton. The agent is Neal Jillings from Exeter.

The new houses will back on to Penn View and a new access is planned, through the long wall on the north side of Bayford Hill.

Residents fear the development will considerably increase traffic through Bayford. There are also concerns about loss of farmland, the lack of employment provision for more new residents in the area, increased pressure on the health and education provisions of Wincanton and the impact of the development on the wildlife of the area.

Bayford Hill, Wincanton

Public consultation closes on 15th May and South Somerset planners are expected to consider the application in July.

You can see the application, as well as associated documents and comments from official consultees on the SSDC website. It is also possible to submit your own comments of objection to, or in support of the application. It is important to do so because planners will only consider what is presented to them. They rely on locals and experts to point out legitimate reasons for applications to be refused.


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