The Wellington Business Association is urging townspeople to sign a petition urging Taunton planners to let the proposed re-development of the Buldord Medical Centre be for homes not more shops.
Officials want to stop the development of 42 Later Living homes by specialist homebuilder McCarthy & Stone on the site adjoining the South St car park. They say the site must be reserved for future retail use – despite the number of currently empty High St premises in Wellington.
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Wellington Business Association believes there is no foreseeable demand for more town centre shops. In addition, an influx of newly-retired town centre residents could bring economic vitality to existing businesses.
“Research shows that 80% of McCarthy & Stone residents use local shops almost daily or often, and over 40% use the local library or post office frequently,” said Mike Crew, independent financial adviser and WBA Treasurer.
“Your town and district councillors want the McCarthy & Stone development to go ahead. So do many local residents. Help change the planners’ minds”