Town opposes plans for 47 new homes
PLANS for 47 new homes have been recommended for refusal after a warning that Wincanton has become a "dormitory" town.
Wincanton town council's decision to oppose the plans came at an extraordinary meeting held on Tuesday evening, attended by eight members of the public.
An application for outline planning permission on land to the south of Bayford Hill has been submitted by Grass Roots Planning Ltd on behalf of Hopkins Developments Ltd.
The site has been subject to six previous planning applications dating back to the 1970s.
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The current application is for up to 47 detached, semi-detached and terraced homes - with a mixture of single and two-storey properties.
Proposing that the council recommended the application for refusal town and district councillor Colin Winder said Wincanton had become a "dormitory town" and the last thing it needed was more houses.
He said: "We need a living town and a community. We can't cope with people just coming in to sleep."
Councillor Robert Dickinson said: "There's a need for commercial properties to provide jobs in the town, but there is no need for more housing," he said.
Councillor Mark Cook echoed resident Colin Mahoney's concerns at the provision of an access road to the site onto Bayford Hill, which he claimed was in a dangerous position.
Councillor David Norris said: "My real issue is the lack of infrastructure. We have had a lot of development going on particularly in that area.
"The development of more homes is going to compound the problem unless something is done about the infrastructure in the town."
Councillor Richard D'Arcy said: "One would like to think that the infrastructure formed part of the planning process."
Common Road resident Jim Eastaugh said residents had made their opinions on the development clear in the past.
He said: "There are nearly 300 names on a petition signed in the 1990s to protect the view on Bayford Hill, showing that it matters to the residents of Wincanton," he said.
South Somerset District Council will make a final decision on the application.