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 The aim of this Community Noticeboard is to keep you up to date with what's happening in Castle Cary. If you would like to post an announcement, whether it's about a forthcoming event or something that's happened recently, please send the details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please note that we reserve the right to refuse to publish anything that we consider unsuitable for this website.

Do you care about Castle Cary and its special character? Have you ever wanted to help your local community but didn’t know how?

Care4Cary, established in 2009, is a local organisation which supports proposed developments that benefit the Castle Cary area but campaigns against developments that will disproportionately damage the special character of the locality.

Care4Cary’s previous successes:

We successfully campaigned against the ill-considered Bronzeoak biomass power station proposal.

We supported Castle Cary Town Council in ensuring free car parking continues in the town, thereby supporting a very special high street.

We actively supported our local Town Council’s opposition to and Area East Planning Committee’s refusal of an application to build a concrete batching plant at Dimmer. And the Planning Inspector recognised the strength of our arguments and dismissed the appeal.

In the light of recent planning applications for huge proposed housing developments, Care4Cary now needs new members to help with all sorts of things from fund-raising (to pay for legal advice), local expertise, writing letters to local planners and MPs and many other things too.  Can you help?  To join us just email your contact email address to

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07803 855 208 and give us your home address and we will add you to our growing mailing list.

We look forward to hearing from you!



Proposed housing development in Castle Cary on the site bordered by Torbay Road and Station Road. (Outline planning permission is being sought for up to 165 houses and 2 hectares of industrial land.)


 Many thanks to all those who  came to the planning meeting yesterday. 


The outline planning permission sought was turned down unanimously Castle Cary Town Council. 


No one spoke in its favour.


This does not mean that it will not happen

 The Town Council does not make the decision – this is made by the Planners in the District Council or – and if the matter is contentious it will go on to “Area East” which means that our local district councillors will vote on it. 

Area East meetings are public and you are allowed to speak – we will keep you informed if it gets to that stage. 


If you have views about this development it is vital that you write to the planners as soon as possible.  The advertised deadline has been extended to allow time for you to do so.

Full details are on the SSDC website. Select planning and search for Torbay Road

The address is below and using email is fine.


 Development Control, Council Offices, Brympton Way, Yeovil, BA20 2HT


or email your letter to:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


You must include this reference at the top of your letter: REF: 14/02020/OUT


The site location address is: Land OS 1445 Part, Torbay Road, Castle Cary BA7 7DT


Here are a few of the objections voiced at the meeting:


This development should be viewed in the light of other developments currently in the pipe line. – including Well Farm in Ansford and yet another proposed development on Station Road.


There is a lack of infrastructure to cope with such a huge influx of new people.


Proposed access to the development via Torbay Road and Station Road - both dangerous and inadequate.


It will mean lots more traffic for already over-used roads – Torbay Road and the A371 are already at capacity.


Huge developments of this sort are inappropriate for a small rural market town like Castle Cary


Employment opportunities should come before housing.


The housing density on the plan is far too great with far too little green space for children to play 


Primary school must stay in town centre.

Remember your Town Council does not make the decision – it makes a recommendation which goes to the Planners in South Somerset District Council (Area East in Wincanton).  


Please note that there will be evening closures in Castle Cary from 28th July for 10 days (18.30 to 23.30)

Click here for full details and a map of the diversions

...also a temporary closure for Coopers Ash Lane for 5 days from 7th July.




...plan to make the chapel more accessible, by opening on an experimental basis, between 10am and 4pm at weekends in July and August 2014; meanwhile the key is available by arrangement with the Town Council – phone 01963 359631 for a key or to ask about hire arrangements.

See Cemetery Chapel Flyer


Coming up on Saturday 20th September, Cary's wonderful, free PLAYFEST 2014! 

Lots of fun and creative activities for children of all ages. 
Be there right from the start at 10am, to enjoy sumo wrestling, life-size portraits, Bugfest and much, much more at Castle Cary Primary School.  
Then at 1pm pop across to the Millennium Garden (All Saints Church if wet) for a super sausage sizzle (nominal charge or bring your own picnic) and a woodland treasure trail.
And finally at 2.30pm there's a family-friendly puppet show at the Market House.
Put the date in your diary now!

RESULT OF Appeal Ref: APP/R3325/A/13/2210452

Land at Camp Road, Dimmer Lane, Dimmer, Castle Cary, Somerset BA7 7NR

The Planning Inspector The Planning Inspector, Mr Douglas Machin BSc DipTP MRTPI has dismissed the appeal, by Mr Andrew Hopkins, against the decision by South Somerset District Council to refuse permission for a concrete batching plant at Dimmer Camp.

Further details of the appeal and the full appeal decision can be read here and the Decision on application for costs can be read here.



Brilliant harvest flyer




The results of the consultation process on whether or not the council should purchase the five-acre field off Churchfield Drive are now available to read HERE (Word doc).



The recently launched CASTLE CARY TOWN CRIER 

is proving extremely popular

This is an email information service set up by the Town Council to inform residents of important issues as soon as they arise.

The purpose of this service is to ensure that residents can personally receive information from the Town Council such as:

  • Reminders of upcoming events in the town. 

  • Issues relating to the town for which consultation is needed

  • To ask for volunteer help either on a regular basis or for one-off events.

It will not be used for any other purpose and members will only be contacted if there is news, or views/help is needed.

The list of recipients will not be made available to any other individual or organisation.  BCC (blind carbon copies) will be used at all times for group mailings.

Residents of Castle Cary, Ansford and the surrounding area are invited to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and ask to be put on the list.



From March to December on Tuesdays, between 9 and 2, the newly refurbished Market House is the venue for Castle Cary's new weekly market. Stalls will include children's clothes, plants and craft materials, and locally produced food including meat, fish, vegetables, cheese, nuts and jam. You can download a flyer here.


We've been sent details of revised collection days for bank holiday periods: Christmas and New Year, Easter etc. See this document for details.