Traffic, lack of jobs and pressures on school places top residents' concerns over Jurston Farm

Somerset County Gazette: Traffic, lack of jobs and pressures on school places top residents' concerns over Jurston Farm Traffic, lack of jobs and pressures on school places top residents' concerns over Jurston Farm

TENSIONS ran high at a meeting to discuss controversial plans for 900 homes on the outskirts of Wellington.

More than 100 residents packed into a special town council meeting last night (July 3) to air concerns over CG Fry's proposals to build homes at Jurston Farm.

Fears were raised over traffic, infrastructure, school places, sports provision, pressures on the medical centre and the lack of jobs for people who move to the town.

Councillors also agreed call on Taunton Deane Council to re-visit Jurston Farm as a site allocated for development in its core strategy.

Cllr Ross Henley, who proposed the motion, said: “This is not a core strategy, but a flawed strategy. Councillors on Taunton Deane see Wellington as an easy option for development.”

As part of the motion, the Deane will be asked to look at the possibility of a 14-class school, rather than two seven-class facilities, and ensuring adequate sports pitches are provided.

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 between next year and 2030.

Resident Patricia Fletcher was one of many who spoke of their fears at the meeting.

She said: “There is not one good road around the development. The traffic is going to be horrendous.

“It needs to go back to the drawing board and get the proper infrastructure put in place.”

Ken Bird added: “This town council has already allowed Longforth Farm and Cades to get through, with no infrastructure in place.

“It is about time you stood up to Taunton Deane and say 'no', we don't want another development like those.”

Mayor Dave Mitton said the council is looking at an internal bus loop system to transport people around town if the development goes ahead.

One resident said Wellington is becoming a “dormitory town” for people who commute to other areas for work due to the lack of jobs.

Ann Rhodes, a Deane policy officer, said there will be opportunities on the edge of town and stressed that the council's long term objective is to push on with plans for a train station.

Other concerns included school places and questions over CG Fry's ability to see the project through.

Ms Rhodes said: “We are having ongoing discussions with the county council and are due to meet in a couple of weeks.

“We are looking at ways Court Fields School could expand and build new classrooms.”

She also said the primary school planned would “create more spaces than required for the development”.

Robin Upton, representing CG Fry, said: “The builder is a regional housing developer, not a national one and is very well funded.

“They are building 6,000 houses in Dorchester so they are more than capable of doing this.”

Mr Upton also said relevant traffic assessment work had taken place at particular junctions across town and added modifications would be made if necessary.

People can still have their say by emailing comments to talking-tomorrows@tauntondeane.gov.uk by July 10.

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2:31pm Fri 4 Jul 14

jellyonaplate says...

NIMBY's. Building more houses this side of Wellington makes sense. Close to the A38 and not far from the M5. If you took all the NIMBY's (Not In My Back Yard) out of that meeting last night, I wonder how many would have been left with valid concerns.
NIMBY's. Building more houses this side of Wellington makes sense. Close to the A38 and not far from the M5. If you took all the NIMBY's (Not In My Back Yard) out of that meeting last night, I wonder how many would have been left with valid concerns. jellyonaplate
  • Score: 4

4:03pm Fri 4 Jul 14

mansell5 says...

Good old Cllr Henley. Bolt, door, horse and stable spring to mind. This site is adopted policy, it has been through a public inquiry (technically an Examination in Public) as part of the core strategy. But lets go through the expensive process of undoing all that, including having to compensate the developers now it's got this far in the legal process, because hey, there's an election next year. It's not a problem, I'm sure the council can afford it, they're awash with money aren't they?!
Good old Cllr Henley. Bolt, door, horse and stable spring to mind. This site is adopted policy, it has been through a public inquiry (technically an Examination in Public) as part of the core strategy. But lets go through the expensive process of undoing all that, including having to compensate the developers now it's got this far in the legal process, because hey, there's an election next year. It's not a problem, I'm sure the council can afford it, they're awash with money aren't they?! mansell5
  • Score: 4

3:37pm Sat 5 Jul 14

wessexview says...

Jellyonaplate.
You think by sitting all these new houses by the,A38 and M5 makes sense, well you obviously do not live in the area. Your comment is as ill advised as your web name. We have massive hold ups now, the road is blocked by floods and yet you want to add another 2000 cars on what are dangerous roads now. TDC and SCC can't cope with their highways policy now; I quote the constant speed limit changes o. The A38 out of Wellington, this would be a disaster.
With 900 houses with 900 roofs and 900 drives, where will the rain water run, no mate not into the fields as a large quantity does now, but into the Tone catchment and on the roads, even more floods. If that makes me a nimbly, so be it.
Jellyonaplate. You think by sitting all these new houses by the,A38 and M5 makes sense, well you obviously do not live in the area. Your comment is as ill advised as your web name. We have massive hold ups now, the road is blocked by floods and yet you want to add another 2000 cars on what are dangerous roads now. TDC and SCC can't cope with their highways policy now; I quote the constant speed limit changes o. The A38 out of Wellington, this would be a disaster. With 900 houses with 900 roofs and 900 drives, where will the rain water run, no mate not into the fields as a large quantity does now, but into the Tone catchment and on the roads, even more floods. If that makes me a nimbly, so be it. wessexview
  • Score: 4

12:54pm Wed 9 Jul 14

RightToAnOpinion says...

wessexview wrote:
Jellyonaplate.
You think by sitting all these new houses by the,A38 and M5 makes sense, well you obviously do not live in the area. Your comment is as ill advised as your web name. We have massive hold ups now, the road is blocked by floods and yet you want to add another 2000 cars on what are dangerous roads now. TDC and SCC can't cope with their highways policy now; I quote the constant speed limit changes o. The A38 out of Wellington, this would be a disaster.
With 900 houses with 900 roofs and 900 drives, where will the rain water run, no mate not into the fields as a large quantity does now, but into the Tone catchment and on the roads, even more floods. If that makes me a nimbly, so be it.
We have the same problem in Taunton, house going up everywhere and mainly on greenfield sites. Definitely not enough work in Taunton so must be commuting elsewhere thus clogging up the already overcrowded and under-maintained roads and to add to this we have our whole over subscribed schools, hospitals and doctors surgeries at near breaking point. When will the imbeciles in power wake and realise we are all heading for a great big fall.
[quote][p][bold]wessexview[/bold] wrote: Jellyonaplate. You think by sitting all these new houses by the,A38 and M5 makes sense, well you obviously do not live in the area. Your comment is as ill advised as your web name. We have massive hold ups now, the road is blocked by floods and yet you want to add another 2000 cars on what are dangerous roads now. TDC and SCC can't cope with their highways policy now; I quote the constant speed limit changes o. The A38 out of Wellington, this would be a disaster. With 900 houses with 900 roofs and 900 drives, where will the rain water run, no mate not into the fields as a large quantity does now, but into the Tone catchment and on the roads, even more floods. If that makes me a nimbly, so be it.[/p][/quote]We have the same problem in Taunton, house going up everywhere and mainly on greenfield sites. Definitely not enough work in Taunton so must be commuting elsewhere thus clogging up the already overcrowded and under-maintained roads and to add to this we have our whole over subscribed schools, hospitals and doctors surgeries at near breaking point. When will the imbeciles in power wake and realise we are all heading for a great big fall. RightToAnOpinion
  • Score: 0

9:48pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Jamesey says...

wessexview wrote:
Jellyonaplate.
You think by sitting all these new houses by the,A38 and M5 makes sense, well you obviously do not live in the area. Your comment is as ill advised as your web name. We have massive hold ups now, the road is blocked by floods and yet you want to add another 2000 cars on what are dangerous roads now. TDC and SCC can't cope with their highways policy now; I quote the constant speed limit changes o. The A38 out of Wellington, this would be a disaster.
With 900 houses with 900 roofs and 900 drives, where will the rain water run, no mate not into the fields as a large quantity does now, but into the Tone catchment and on the roads, even more floods. If that makes me a nimbly, so be it.
So where should the new houses be built? "Not in my back yard"!!!

Infrastructure improvements should always go with new developments, but you obviously haven't got a clue about the huge stormwater attenuation systems that are installed. Therefore, your roof and drive will probably contribute more run-off to the next flood than this entire development.

So, don't listen to the NIMBYs and get on with the development.
[quote][p][bold]wessexview[/bold] wrote: Jellyonaplate. You think by sitting all these new houses by the,A38 and M5 makes sense, well you obviously do not live in the area. Your comment is as ill advised as your web name. We have massive hold ups now, the road is blocked by floods and yet you want to add another 2000 cars on what are dangerous roads now. TDC and SCC can't cope with their highways policy now; I quote the constant speed limit changes o. The A38 out of Wellington, this would be a disaster. With 900 houses with 900 roofs and 900 drives, where will the rain water run, no mate not into the fields as a large quantity does now, but into the Tone catchment and on the roads, even more floods. If that makes me a nimbly, so be it.[/p][/quote]So where should the new houses be built? "Not in my back yard"!!! Infrastructure improvements should always go with new developments, but you obviously haven't got a clue about the huge stormwater attenuation systems that are installed. Therefore, your roof and drive will probably contribute more run-off to the next flood than this entire development. So, don't listen to the NIMBYs and get on with the development. Jamesey
  • Score: 2

9:59pm Wed 9 Jul 14

RightToAnOpinion says...

Jamesey wrote:
wessexview wrote:
Jellyonaplate.
You think by sitting all these new houses by the,A38 and M5 makes sense, well you obviously do not live in the area. Your comment is as ill advised as your web name. We have massive hold ups now, the road is blocked by floods and yet you want to add another 2000 cars on what are dangerous roads now. TDC and SCC can't cope with their highways policy now; I quote the constant speed limit changes o. The A38 out of Wellington, this would be a disaster.
With 900 houses with 900 roofs and 900 drives, where will the rain water run, no mate not into the fields as a large quantity does now, but into the Tone catchment and on the roads, even more floods. If that makes me a nimbly, so be it.
So where should the new houses be built? "Not in my back yard"!!!

Infrastructure improvements should always go with new developments, but you obviously haven't got a clue about the huge stormwater attenuation systems that are installed. Therefore, your roof and drive will probably contribute more run-off to the next flood than this entire development.

So, don't listen to the NIMBYs and get on with the development.
I have a good idea, why don't we build the houses near to where the residents would have commuted to as they can't possibly be all working locally and that way we can cut down the amount of traffic on the roads.
[quote][p][bold]Jamesey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wessexview[/bold] wrote: Jellyonaplate. You think by sitting all these new houses by the,A38 and M5 makes sense, well you obviously do not live in the area. Your comment is as ill advised as your web name. We have massive hold ups now, the road is blocked by floods and yet you want to add another 2000 cars on what are dangerous roads now. TDC and SCC can't cope with their highways policy now; I quote the constant speed limit changes o. The A38 out of Wellington, this would be a disaster. With 900 houses with 900 roofs and 900 drives, where will the rain water run, no mate not into the fields as a large quantity does now, but into the Tone catchment and on the roads, even more floods. If that makes me a nimbly, so be it.[/p][/quote]So where should the new houses be built? "Not in my back yard"!!! Infrastructure improvements should always go with new developments, but you obviously haven't got a clue about the huge stormwater attenuation systems that are installed. Therefore, your roof and drive will probably contribute more run-off to the next flood than this entire development. So, don't listen to the NIMBYs and get on with the development.[/p][/quote]I have a good idea, why don't we build the houses near to where the residents would have commuted to as they can't possibly be all working locally and that way we can cut down the amount of traffic on the roads. RightToAnOpinion
  • Score: 2

8:44am Fri 11 Jul 14

Mi_Coc says...

RightToAnOpinion wrote:
Jamesey wrote:
wessexview wrote:
Jellyonaplate.
You think by sitting all these new houses by the,A38 and M5 makes sense, well you obviously do not live in the area. Your comment is as ill advised as your web name. We have massive hold ups now, the road is blocked by floods and yet you want to add another 2000 cars on what are dangerous roads now. TDC and SCC can't cope with their highways policy now; I quote the constant speed limit changes o. The A38 out of Wellington, this would be a disaster.
With 900 houses with 900 roofs and 900 drives, where will the rain water run, no mate not into the fields as a large quantity does now, but into the Tone catchment and on the roads, even more floods. If that makes me a nimbly, so be it.
So where should the new houses be built? "Not in my back yard"!!!

Infrastructure improvements should always go with new developments, but you obviously haven't got a clue about the huge stormwater attenuation systems that are installed. Therefore, your roof and drive will probably contribute more run-off to the next flood than this entire development.

So, don't listen to the NIMBYs and get on with the development.
I have a good idea, why don't we build the houses near to where the residents would have commuted to as they can't possibly be all working locally and that way we can cut down the amount of traffic on the roads.
If it only life was thats simple.

I work in exeter my partner in taunton were do we live then?
[quote][p][bold]RightToAnOpinion[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jamesey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wessexview[/bold] wrote: Jellyonaplate. You think by sitting all these new houses by the,A38 and M5 makes sense, well you obviously do not live in the area. Your comment is as ill advised as your web name. We have massive hold ups now, the road is blocked by floods and yet you want to add another 2000 cars on what are dangerous roads now. TDC and SCC can't cope with their highways policy now; I quote the constant speed limit changes o. The A38 out of Wellington, this would be a disaster. With 900 houses with 900 roofs and 900 drives, where will the rain water run, no mate not into the fields as a large quantity does now, but into the Tone catchment and on the roads, even more floods. If that makes me a nimbly, so be it.[/p][/quote]So where should the new houses be built? "Not in my back yard"!!! Infrastructure improvements should always go with new developments, but you obviously haven't got a clue about the huge stormwater attenuation systems that are installed. Therefore, your roof and drive will probably contribute more run-off to the next flood than this entire development. So, don't listen to the NIMBYs and get on with the development.[/p][/quote]I have a good idea, why don't we build the houses near to where the residents would have commuted to as they can't possibly be all working locally and that way we can cut down the amount of traffic on the roads.[/p][/quote]If it only life was thats simple. I work in exeter my partner in taunton were do we live then? Mi_Coc
  • Score: -1

10:10pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Punjab says...

If it does go ahead at least it is a high quality developer doing it and not some crash bash national box builder.
If it does go ahead at least it is a high quality developer doing it and not some crash bash national box builder. Punjab
  • Score: 0

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