Town against plans for scores of new homes

By Mark Pritchett in Local People

WELLINGTON Town Council unanimously agreed at its February meeting to oppose a suggested new housing estate of 205 homes and 60 apartments at Exeter Road, Rockwell Green.

It agreed to recommend Taunton Deane Borough Council refuse the scheme as it considered it premature and outside the present agreed housing boundaries.

Resident Diana Land said she and other neighbours were strongly opposed to the application because if it was successful it would open up huge areas in the town for development. Local amenities were already fully stretched.

Deane planning officer Mathew Bale said the council already had six years’ supply of housing land available. The minimum councils should have available was five years’ supply.

Cllr Janet Lloyd said 43 objections had been made to the site. She did not feel more housing was needed in Wellington at the moment. The Longforth Farm and Cades Farm sites were still being developed and the large, already approved, Jurston Farm site was still to be started.

Cllr Marcus Barr said he believed Wellington had not played its part on housing and felt that 1,000 to 1,500 new houses should be built each year in the town ‘in the right places’. He pointed out that the Government had said hundreds of thousands of new homes were needed in the country.

Taunton Deane will make the final decision on the scheme.

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