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Application for approval of reserved matters following outline application 42/14/0069 in respect of the appearance, landscape, layout and scale for the erection of 166 No. dwellings, hard and soft landscaping, car parking including garages, internal access roads, footpaths and circulation areas, public open space and drainage with associated infrastructure and engineering works together with additional details as required by Condition No's. 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 23 on land at Parcel H1d, Comeytrowe/Trull
Application for approval of reserved matters following outline application 42/14/0069 in respect of the appearance, landscape, layout and scale for the erection of 166 No. dwellings, hard and soft landscaping, car parking including
garages, internal access roads, footpaths and circulation areas, public open space and drainage with associated infrastructure and engineering works together with additional details as required by Condition No's. 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 23 on land at Parcel H1d, Comeytrowe/Trull
Comments from members of the public included;
· Concerns with the developer’s noncompliance of conditions;
· Concerns that the homes were not adapted for climate change;
· Issues with access, flooding, and designs;
· Concerns that the allocated Public Open Space was to become fallowed land for the foreseeable future;
· The current closure of footpath T29/11 has highlighted the dangers of crossing the A38 close to or at the Jeffreys’ Way junction. Clearing and levelling that land will facilitate construction of the footway and greatly improve forward visibility towards and beyond the road’s existing bend, that will extend and tighten as you approach the new offset roundabout.;
· Extending the proposed footway on the south side of the A38 roundabout to Jeffreys’ Way would allow pedestrians to cross safely in two stages via the new roundabout’s splitter island that has a footway proposed across it;
· The allocated S106 monies would be better spent on the A38;
· Disappointed that this fourth parcel of land has come forward for consideration today;
· The houses were not aligned with the Garden Town requirement to respect traditional settlement pattern and respect the integrity of historical settlement forms;
· The homes were generic, mostly semi-detached and crammed together as tightly as possible;
· The Placemaking Specialists recommended refusal for this application;
· The Neighbourhood Plan called for Lifetime Home Standards in at least 25% of new homes and bouses built to Wheelchair Design Standards in at least 10% of new homes. We had neither and in addition a high proportion of houses had several steps to the front door further limiting access;
· Concerns that the application did not have an acceptable SUDS scheme in place;
· A huge amount of public consultation has been undertaken over the years. The applicants were committed to work with the Council to deliver this important site that delivers new and affordable homes that Taunton needs to help young people get onto the housing ladder;
· Many of the issues raised by members of the public had been resolved with the Planning Officer and would hopefully provide some comfort and clarification;
· There were no objections on the application from consultees;
· The application pre-dated the Council’s Design Guide, Garden Town and Climate Emergency agenda status by several years;
· An approved high-quality landscape scheme that would provide Parks and Gardens, Children’s play spaces, allotment, orchards and the planting of nearly 500 new trees and over six acres of new native pitches woodland for future residents to enjoy;
· Concerns that comments from the place making specialist were yet again dismissed;
· The development ... view the full minutes text for item 22.
Appeals and decisions noted.