Residents in bid to block plans for hundreds of homes at Jurston Farm in Wellington

Somerset County Gazette: Cllr Ross Henley is pictured in Beech Hill next to the proposed access site to the estate east of Wellington. Cllr Ross Henley is pictured in Beech Hill next to the proposed access site to the estate east of Wellington.

CAMPAIGNERS against a massive housing development planned for Wellington have started a petition.

Hundreds of people are lobbying against a project which could see 900 homes, a primary school and new link road built at Jurston Farm.

So far, the online petition has attracted more than 320 signatures calling on Taunton Deane Council to reject plans when they are formally submitted later this year.

Town and county councillor Ross Henley, who started the petition, said: “These plans will cause terrible traffic problems and destroy our green wedge in Wellington east.

“To use Beech Hill and Laburnum Road as access to a new estate is nonsense.

“Wellington is already having Longforth Farm and Cades Farm developed, so developing Jurston is not needed.”

CG Fry & Son is currently drawing up plans for the development, which is part of the Deane's core strategy to provide a “compact urban extension” east of Wellington.

It held a public exhibition last month and met with more than 200 residents.

Geoff Cross, of Elms Road by Beech Hill, said using that area as through road to the new estate would add to the already-existing traffic problems.

He added: “This is potentially a huge development which could and would create almost another town bolted on to Wellington, but a long way from most of the essential amenities.”

As reported in the County Gazette, some of the 900 houses are already under construction as these make up the second phase of the Cades development.

Around 650 of them are planned for the land around Jurston Farm, with the whole project expected to be phased out between next year and 2030.

David Lohfink, land and planning director at CG Fry & Son, said: “It is fair to say that many people had serious concerns about the principle of the development and matters such as drainage, flooding and traffic.

“However, the consultation was our opportunity to discuss these concerns and let people know the next steps in the process following adoption of Taunton Deane's core strategy.

“While we understand peoples' concerns, they need to bear in mind that the council has allocated the site in its core strategy and the principle of the development is therefore accepted.

“The event did give us lots of food for thought that we will take into account in preparing our outline planning application later this year.”

To view the petition, click here. You can also sign it at Beech Hill Stores and Expressions hairdressers next door.

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11:57am Wed 4 Jun 14

FreeSpeech? says...

You won't stop them, they will build anywhere they please and the council does give a fig. Ross Henley is a hypocrite as he doesn't say a word until it's his back yard, well tough luck buddy boy as we in Taunton have had to put up with these cardboard hovels appearing on every piece of green belt the builders can get their hands on. May I suggest they stick a load of new homes on the eyesore that is Taunton's Vision. Taunton and Wellington are fast becoming towns for people to live and commute elsewhere thus congesting the already unacceptably unsatisfactory roads and cycling will not solve the problem.
You won't stop them, they will build anywhere they please and the council does give a fig. Ross Henley is a hypocrite as he doesn't say a word until it's his back yard, well tough luck buddy boy as we in Taunton have had to put up with these cardboard hovels appearing on every piece of green belt the builders can get their hands on. May I suggest they stick a load of new homes on the eyesore that is Taunton's Vision. Taunton and Wellington are fast becoming towns for people to live and commute elsewhere thus congesting the already unacceptably unsatisfactory roads and cycling will not solve the problem. FreeSpeech?
  • Score: -14

6:38pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Thurza says...

Where are all the people living now who will occupy these new homes?
Where are all the people living now who will occupy these new homes? Thurza
  • Score: 5

6:44pm Wed 4 Jun 14

FreeSpeech? says...

Thurza wrote:
Where are all the people living now who will occupy these new homes?
Eastern Europe or they will be moving into the homes that the buyers have just left.
[quote][p][bold]Thurza[/bold] wrote: Where are all the people living now who will occupy these new homes?[/p][/quote]Eastern Europe or they will be moving into the homes that the buyers have just left. FreeSpeech?
  • Score: -29

8:26pm Wed 4 Jun 14

feeby12007 says...

I think this could work. More houses are needed and going out towards the A38 seems sensible.
I think this could work. More houses are needed and going out towards the A38 seems sensible. feeby12007
  • Score: 1

9:45pm Wed 4 Jun 14

mansell5 says...

I remember when Councillor Henley objected to the development of Mantle Street in Wellington that became Trinity Mews.

Go on, have a go, I bet you can't guess where he's lived for years..........
I remember when Councillor Henley objected to the development of Mantle Street in Wellington that became Trinity Mews. Go on, have a go, I bet you can't guess where he's lived for years.......... mansell5
  • Score: 7

5:27am Thu 5 Jun 14

Dr Dave says...

I'm not against the new housing development in principle but the infrastructure - the roads, the GP surgeries etc - can they cope with the additional populous? I know the roads can't.
I'm not against the new housing development in principle but the infrastructure - the roads, the GP surgeries etc - can they cope with the additional populous? I know the roads can't. Dr Dave
  • Score: 10

1:42pm Thu 5 Jun 14

GoingGreen says...

FreeSpeech? wrote:
Thurza wrote:
Where are all the people living now who will occupy these new homes?
Eastern Europe or they will be moving into the homes that the buyers have just left.
Ah yes, the return of the generalisation game! As for cycling, you are right - won't solve the traffic problem - too many lazies!!
[quote][p][bold]FreeSpeech?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thurza[/bold] wrote: Where are all the people living now who will occupy these new homes?[/p][/quote]Eastern Europe or they will be moving into the homes that the buyers have just left.[/p][/quote]Ah yes, the return of the generalisation game! As for cycling, you are right - won't solve the traffic problem - too many lazies!! GoingGreen
  • Score: -4

5:12pm Thu 5 Jun 14

RightToAnOpinion says...

FreeSpeech? wrote:
Thurza wrote:
Where are all the people living now who will occupy these new homes?
Eastern Europe or they will be moving into the homes that the buyers have just left.
Well said, there are some amongst us who have closed their eyes as to the impact uncontrolled immigration is having on this country and the need for all these housing is one of them.
[quote][p][bold]FreeSpeech?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thurza[/bold] wrote: Where are all the people living now who will occupy these new homes?[/p][/quote]Eastern Europe or they will be moving into the homes that the buyers have just left.[/p][/quote]Well said, there are some amongst us who have closed their eyes as to the impact uncontrolled immigration is having on this country and the need for all these housing is one of them. RightToAnOpinion
  • Score: -6

6:43pm Sat 7 Jun 14

mansell5 says...

I do wonder at the point of this petition. The site is allocated, even the Gazette's reported has cottoned on to the fact this means the principle of the development is established: it will happen, it's only the details that are up for debate.

Secondly, petitions carry no weight in the English planning system; Cllr Henley as a councillor of many years will know that.

There isn't an election next year is there?
I do wonder at the point of this petition. The site is allocated, even the Gazette's reported has cottoned on to the fact this means the principle of the development is established: it will happen, it's only the details that are up for debate. Secondly, petitions carry no weight in the English planning system; Cllr Henley as a councillor of many years will know that. There isn't an election next year is there? mansell5
  • Score: 6

9:47pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Jamesey says...

If Nimbys like this had their way, nothing would ever get built!

Let the Planners get on with their job.
If Nimbys like this had their way, nothing would ever get built! Let the Planners get on with their job. Jamesey
  • Score: 7

9:54pm Sat 7 Jun 14

RightToAnOpinion says...

Jamesey wrote:
If Nimbys like this had their way, nothing would ever get built!

Let the Planners get on with their job.
Your right, but the way these hovels are being erected we will all be "Nimbys".
Please supply your address so we may add yours to the areas of urbanisation, unless of course you are all wind.
[quote][p][bold]Jamesey[/bold] wrote: If Nimbys like this had their way, nothing would ever get built! Let the Planners get on with their job.[/p][/quote]Your right, but the way these hovels are being erected we will all be "Nimbys". Please supply your address so we may add yours to the areas of urbanisation, unless of course you are all wind. RightToAnOpinion
  • Score: -7

11:38pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Jamesey says...

RightToAnOpinion wrote:
Jamesey wrote:
If Nimbys like this had their way, nothing would ever get built!

Let the Planners get on with their job.
Your right, but the way these hovels are being erected we will all be "Nimbys".
Please supply your address so we may add yours to the areas of urbanisation, unless of course you are all wind.
My local area is already urbanised.

What about your house? What do you think was the reaction of the local people before your house was built?
[quote][p][bold]RightToAnOpinion[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jamesey[/bold] wrote: If Nimbys like this had their way, nothing would ever get built! Let the Planners get on with their job.[/p][/quote]Your right, but the way these hovels are being erected we will all be "Nimbys". Please supply your address so we may add yours to the areas of urbanisation, unless of course you are all wind.[/p][/quote]My local area is already urbanised. What about your house? What do you think was the reaction of the local people before your house was built? Jamesey
  • Score: 7

10:14am Tue 10 Jun 14

Mi_Coc says...

Wellington needs more school places and doctors etc before they build any more housing.

I dont mind them building more after this has been put in place. The schools are overstretched.

Ross has opposed all developments in taunton and when challenged he states he is sticking up for his voters but I think he may have a hidden agenda, I am sure those on the social housing waiting list would like more homes.

He never seems to tire of having his photo in the paper! Smile Ross
Wellington needs more school places and doctors etc before they build any more housing. I dont mind them building more after this has been put in place. The schools are overstretched. Ross has opposed all developments in taunton and when challenged he states he is sticking up for his voters but I think he may have a hidden agenda, I am sure those on the social housing waiting list would like more homes. He never seems to tire of having his photo in the paper! Smile Ross Mi_Coc
  • Score: -3

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