The developers about to start work on the Jurston Farm housing estate have gone back to Taunton planners and asked for permission to increase the number of units from 176 to 193 – on the same site.
Here’s the argument presented by C G Fry Ltd in their revised application:
“The result of this review has revealed that an additional 17 dwellings can be accommodated with the same site area as the approved phase 1 and 2 application. These additional dwellings are accommodated in 3 main ways as follows:
- An additional 6 dwellings are proposed centrally within parking courts.
- An additional 2 dwellings are provided by turning approved large single plotsinto two smaller properties.
- The remaining 9 additional properties are provided by shuffling around most of the remaining plots by small amounts (60cm to 1m) to free up space”
Four of the proposed 17 extra houses will be in the “Affordable” catgegory.
Last month Wellington town councillors voted against an attempt by developer Strongbox to squeeze more homes into the Heritage Mill site at Tone Vale.
Cllr Andy Govier said in the debate: “It feels like whenever a number is agreed for a site we know that somewhere down the line the developer will say ‘Oh, we’ve found room for a few more houses.’
“This creeping development was exactly what happened at Cades Farm where we found they wanted 100 more units.”