40 homes for Tadley Acres on school land?
LAND reserved to house a school in Tadley Acres, Shepton Mallet, may now be the site of 40 new homes.
Developer C G Fry and Son presented draft proposals for the residential development for a site off Starling Way and Little Brooks Lane at a meeting on September 10.
Community action group The Shepton Mallets have spoken out against the draft proposal.
Peter Hillman, chairman of the group, said: “They want to build on land that was originally put by for the school.
“There was a meeting on September 10 but it wasn’t very well publicised, a few letters through doors in Tadley Acres. They showed their intentions in the area and asked for comments.
“I think it’s disgusting, 40 houses that weren’t on the plan. It was planned for the school and this is just another opportunistic developer taking advantage of there being no neighbourhood plan. The number of houses should be determined by need, not what the developer wants to build.”
Kirsty Jones, who lives off Starling Way with her two young sons, said: “I think it’s a shame. I had no idea it was initially for a primary school, at the moment I take my son to Evercreech, that would have been brilliant.
“The park’s not too far from here but it would be nice to have a playground. The thought of a school is even better.
“People walk their dogs on the field all day. It’s a lovely space and it would be a shame to see more houses built there.”
Mrs Rice, who lives opposite the land, said: “I wouldn’t like to see more houses, it would spoil the view. A school would have been a better idea.”
Roy Ellis has lived in Holly Lane for three years; his house overlooks the proposed development site. He said: “It’s disgusting. It could have been a school which would help the community but this is just profit for the people who are building houses.
“I feel it shouldn’t be done. I bought this house with a view – not with 40 houses. I am not happy with it.”
In the meeting on September 10, a spokesman for CG Fry & Son said: “The site was originally ‘reserved’ for a new primary school as part of the planning permission and Section 106 Agreement for the wider housing development.
“Somerset County Council has recently confirmed that the site is not now required, so the landowners have quite properly considered alternative uses with a land value to them.”
They said they will submit a planning application later this year.