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Outcome of Planning Enquiry

Many of you will be aware that there has been a public enquiry relating to an application to build 125 + 75 new homes on either side of Station Road.  (This is in addition to the 165 + 45 + 75 for which planning permission has already been given in this area.)  Your Town Council, Ansford Parish Council and South Somerset District Council objected to the application on the grounds that the additional 200 homes would be excessive for our roads and infrastructure, and lack of jobs would lead to out-commuting and so on.  However, in line with current planning policy, the Government Inspector has taken the developers’ side. In other words – we have lost. Sorry – we tried really, really hard.

If you are interested the inspector’s decision and the reasons for it, the documents are on our town’s website…. www.castle-cary.co.uk

If you are at all concerned about the current planning process and lack of respect for the views of local people, there are two Government petitions you can consider signing…. If they get 10,000 signatures the Government will look at the issue, 100,000 and it will be debated in Parliament.

“Give communities back the right to decide where houses are built.”

Here is the link:

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/177333

“Protect us from speculative housing development. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) needs modification……”

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/176809