This week sees a planning inquiry that could have a huge impact on new housing developments in Wellington and across Taunton Deane. Cheshire-based housebuilder Gladman Developments is appealing against last year’s refusal of planning permissionto build around 250 flats and houses on farmland to the west of Bagley Road, Rockwell Green.
Taunton planners opposed the original application because the fields in question fall outside the Core Strategy drawn up several years ago to allocate land for housing. The new housing at Cades Farm, Longforth Farm and soon coming at Jurston Farm are all on sites falling inside the Core Strategy.
Taunton council have appointed planning experts and lawyers to oppose Gladman at the inquiry. As one local councillor said; “If we lose this one then it’s open season on every field for miles around, not just in Wellington.”
Gladman will argue that the Core Strategy does not meet the legal requirement to allocate meet housing demand over a five year period. Wellington town council will have a number of councillors at the inquiry over the four days to argue that the local community has hosted more than a reasonable amount of house-building over the recent years.
Cllr Bob Bowrah will lead for the town arguing that:.
- The application does not fall within the Core Strategy.
- There is already an adequate supply of allocated land in Wellington.
- There is insufficient infrastructure in Wellington, Rockwell Green and the surrounding area to support this development.