Critchill opposes plans for homes near school
A PLANNING application for seven homes on the edge of Critchill has been given the thumbs-down by the town council.
The Frome Town Council's planning sub-committee met last week to discuss the application, which had been planned for fields adjacent to Critchill School.
The outline application was submitted by Point Cloud Consultants, of Binegar.
Lee Wright, who represented Point Cloud, told councillors that the homes would be situated at the brow of Critchill and would adjoin existing development. There would be a mixture of two and three bedroom homes.
Concerns were raised by councillors about the development, including the application being outside the development limits, that it was a skyline site in the emerging neighbourhood plan and the parking and traffic that accumulate in the area during school drop-off and pick-up points.
Councillor Helen Sprawson-White said: "I am concerned about the number of houses coming forward in Oakfield at the moment.
"We still have brownfield sites in Frome that have not been built on and I don't think we can justify building on greenfield land.
"I also don't think the amenities could sustain it – the cumulative effect is important."
Councillor Pippa Goldfinger was worried about the traffic on the corner of Nunney Road and Oakfield Road.
The councillors voted to recommend refusal quoting the cumulative effect of the scheme and that it was outside the development plan area.
The town council's views on the application will now be forwarded to Mendip District Council which will make the ultimate decision.