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Our proposals for land west of Wells

Land off the A371 - Wells - Somerset

Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon Homes are preparing proposals for a new residential development of up to 220 homes on land to the west of Wells, Somerset.

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  • Land to the west of Wells

    This web page gives you the chance to find out more about our revised proposals for land to the west of Wells.

    An appeal has been made to the Secretary of State against the decision by Mendip District Council to refuse to grant planning permission for:-

    ‘Outline application (all matters reserved except access) for the construction of up to 220 dwellings (C3), open space and drainage infrastructure, formation of new means of vehicular access on A371 and associated highway works and associated infrastructure.”

    The appeal will be determined via an inquiry on 8th March 2016 at the Council Chamber, Mendip District Council, Cannards Grave Road, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5BT.

    A revised layout plan has been prepared and submitted to the Planning Inspectorate, and it is our intention for this plan to be determined by the appointed Inspector at the forthcoming Public Inquiry. The amendments to the layout plan comprise increased provision of open space in the south western corner of the site, a reduction in the overall developable area, and the strengthening of the western boundary treatment which, overall, seeks to address concerns from some members of the public about coalescence between Wells and Haybridge.

    A copy of the amended layout plan can be seen on this website. Other Parameter Plans submitted with the planning application have been updated to reflect the revised masterplan. These plans have also been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate and to Mendip District Council.

    Your comments are invited in respect of this amended layout plan. If you wish to make comments, or modify/withdraw your previous representation, you can do so on the Planning Portal at www.planningportal.gov.uk/pcs. If you do not have access to the internet, you can write to:

    Alison Bell
    The Planning Inspectorate
    Room 3/26 Hawk King
    Temple Quay House
    2 The Square
    BS1 6PN

    All representations must be received no later than 28 days from the 23rd November 2015. All representations must quote the Appeal Reference: - 3129620. For information, the Planning Inspectorate will not acknowledge representations.

    Any representations you submit to the Planning Inspectorate will be copied to the Appellant and the Local Planning Authority, and will be considered by the Inspector when determining the appeal.

    The amended plans can be viewed here and on the What’s Proposed tab on this website, while the letter of consultation is available by clicking here and the site notice available by clicking here.

    When the appeal decision has been made by the Inspectorate, the appeal decision will be published on the Planning Portal and the Council’s website.

  • The development site

    The proposed development site covers an area of approximately 17.4 hectares and is currently in agricultural use.

    It is located to the west of the Wells settlement area and comprises seven fields divided by hedgerow.

    The site is bordered to the east by Wells Leisure Centre and existing residential properties in Wheeler Grove and Wood Close, while a cycle path along a former railway line runs along the northern boundary. Further residential properties can be found to the west and the A371/Portway forms the southern site boundary.


  • Our proposals

    Following discussions with Mendip District Council, we have developed an initial layout plan for our proposed development.

    Our scheme has been designed to work within the constraints and opportunities of the site to create an attractive development that reflects the character of the site and respects the surroundings.

    Key elements of our proposed scheme are as follows:

    • Up to 220 homes
    • Up to 40% affordable housing
    • Large area of public open space
    • New vehicle access via A371
    • New pedestrian links
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    Our revised parameter plan showing the proposed land use. Click to enlarge.

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    Our revised parameter plan showing the proposed building density. Click to enlarge.

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    Our revised parameter plan showing proposed access and movement. Click to enlarge.

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    Our revised parameter plan showing the proposed landscape design. Click to enlarge.

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    Our revised parameter plan showing the proposed building heights. Click to enlarge.

  • Local contributions

    Should our planning application be approved, we will provide a number of contributions towards the local community as part of the proposed development. Details of these would be agreed with the relevant local authorities at a later stage.

  • Development timeline

    8th March 2016 – Planning Inquiry to be held at the Council Chamber, Mendip District Council, Cannards Grave Road, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5BT

    July 2015 – Appeal against refusal lodged with Planning Inspectorate

    January 2015 – Application refused by Mendip District Council

    July 2014 – Planning application submitted

    Summer 2014 – Public consultation held