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'Quite nice' supermarket site homes proposal gets backing

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

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As the new Morrisons store in Wells nears completion the next stage of the development has gone before planners.

Plans to build 88 houses on the adjacent site were reviewed by Wells City Council planning and environment committee last week. The proposed scheme includes 62 homes for regular sale and 26 marked as affordable homes.

The committee voiced a general approval of the plans although one or two concerns were raised.

The principal concern, raised by several committee members, centred around the proposed open space at the rear of the site.

Danny Unwin said: "Our concern has to be with the maintenance of the recreation ground."

As there is a footpath planned between the development and the new Morrisons store the question was raised as to who would use the green space.

Residents will be required to pay a service charge for the upkeep of the site, including the open spaces and play facilities.

Committee chairman Norman Kennedy said: "The question is will it be a public or private open space and will it be maintained in perpetuity?"

After some debate the committee members came to the conclusion that this was something that should be considered at a later stage of the application process and for future residents to bear in mind.

The other issue that was raised was the safety of cyclists using the Wells – Dulcote cycle path that runs past the proposed entrance to the site.

After examining the plans they felt that suitable measures, such as traffic control, were in place but hoped Mendip District Council would keep the cycle path in mind when looking at the plans in the future.

Mr Kennedy said: "I think it's quite nice personally and we can be happy to give them the nod of approval."

The rest of the committee agreed and the plans were recommended for approval, with notes regarding the cycle path and open space added. It now rests with Mendip.

Details of the application can be found at www.mendip.gov.uk and search for application 2012/2449.

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