Mendip refuse building development in Shepton
MENDIP District Council have refused plans to build ten new homes in Shepton Mallet.
The application submitted to Mendip was for the construction of ten houses to be build at 14 Hitchen and former railway land to the South.
Shepton Mallet Town Council also objected to the plans, saying it would be an inappropriate development.
The application, submitted by Mr G Taylor and Ms T Follett, also proposed to demolish part of the house, widen Hitchen Lane and create a priority system for traffic.
The application was referred to the planning board, before being refused, because a previous similar scheme was refused on highway safety grounds.
Case officer, Laura McKay, recommended that planning permission should be granted subject to conditions, and subject to completion of a S106 agreement to secure a financial contribution towards provision or enhancement of recreation space in Shepton Mallet.
Shepton Mallet Town Council recommended refusal of the plans and branded it an “inappropriate development”. It raised concerns over access and changes to the cycleway which would require shared use of the public road, which would have an increase of traffic at peak times, and suggested the pavement is too narrow.
Somerset County Council highway authority raised no objections to the proposal subject to conditions including Hitchen Lane being widened and the existing garage and parking space being moved, which is stated in the revised plans.
Several petitions, with a total of 144 signatures, and 12 letters were received by Mendip objecting to the application.