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Thursday, 25 February 2010

Core Strategy Consultation

The final document was emailed to TDBC tonight.
It can be found on the website

The Parish Council wishes to thank all the residents and others who contributed to this response.

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Core Strategy Consultation: Final Draft

Having incorporated various comments the final draft is now on the website

Subject to any final comments it will be emailed to TDBC on Thursday evening and a hard copy will be delivered by hand on Friday.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Latest Consultation Draft

The Parish Council is currently drafting its response to the CORE STRATEGY AND SMALL SITES CONSULTATION and a working draft can be found on the website ( the Planning Consultations page. (Latest draft added 23rd February).

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Agenda for Monday 1st March

The next meeting of the Milverton Parish Council will be held on Monday, 1st March 2010 at 7.30pm in the Victoria Rooms.


1 Questions from the Public
2 Apologies
3 Minutes
4 Matters arising from minutes
5 Planning
a) Delegated Planning Agreement 2010/11
b) Other Planning Matters/Date of next Planning Meeting
6 TDBC Core Strategy Consultation: Creedwell
7 Village Housing
a) Empty Houses in Creedwell
b) Affordable Housing Provision
8 Roads
9 Crime
10 Footpaths
11 Correspondence
12 Finance
13 Matters to Report

Town & Country Planning Act 1990


Saturday, 20 February 2010

Core Strategy and Small Sites Consultation

The latest draft response to the Core Strategy is now on the website under Planning Consultations.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Tonight's Public Meeting

The Parish Council was pleased to welcome over 60 people to the meeting to discuss the Core Strategy and Small Sites consultation.

Inevitably much of the discussion centred on the proposal for 50 houses at Creedwell but there were also useful contributions about local housing need and employment provision.

The Parish Council is currently drafting its response to the Core Strategy and its development can be followed on the website

The Parish Council has also set out its general position on the Core Strategy as follows:


Milverton Parish Council welcomes the opportunity to comment on Taunton Deane's Core Strategy and Small Sites Consultation.

Whilst it does not oppose the principle of some future growth and the development of the village as a Rural Centre, it feels that the proposal needs significantly more thought and consideration.

The Parish Council opposes the use of the Creedwell site for the proposed residential development of 50 houses, which it feels is based on lazy opportunism rather than a considered strategic growth plan for the village.

Furthermore the Parish Council is of the opinion that the current proposal would pave the way further development in the future in that part of the village which would cause massive problems. While the economic costs would be borne by the charge payers of Taunton Deane and Somerset, the social and environmental costs of these problems would be borne solely by village residents and the local historic environment.

Monday, 8 February 2010

Public Meeting on 17th February

Milverton Parish Council will be holding a public meeting to discuss the Taunton Deane Core Strategy and Small Sites Consultation on Wednesday February 17th 2010 in the Victoria Rooms at 7.30 pm

The Consultation proposes 50 new houses at Creedwell Orchard and the Parish Council wishes to receive the views of the village before responding.

Monday, 1 February 2010

Meeting February 2010: Brief Report

Matters Arising
The new delegated planning agreement has been signed with TDBC.
The Parish Council website has a new domain name

Councillors were pleased to welcome Ellen Harty from the Somerset Rural Youth Group who gave a brief presentation about the project. Its aim is a 50% reduction in anti social behaviour by 31st March 2011.
The project moves around the area trying to establish where antisocial behaviour is a problem and tries to meet the young people concerned to see what the causes are and what can be done about them.
The project team also liaises with parish Councils, Playing Field committees and the police.
The meeting identified a need within Milverton and Ellen promised a visit in the near future.

Councillors also welcomed Richard Stead the Head of Milverton Community School who also gave a brief talk. The school is thriving and receives good reports; the peer mentoring scheme is particularly successful.
Currently there are 207 pupils against a capacity of 210 of which 70% come from the village and 30% from elsewhere. Numbers are expected to stay constant over the next few years.

The Parish Council supported the planning application for a new building and chipstore at the sawmills.

Councillors then had a major discussion about Taunton Deane's Core Strategy. Members reaffirmed their strong opposition to development at Creedwell and resolved to
1) Produce a short public statement setting out their position and
2) Respond to the consultation strongly opposing the proposal to build 50 houses at Creedwell Orchard.
In view of the small attendance at the meeting, Councillors agreed to host a public meeting on 17th February in the Victoria Rooms when they would set out the Council's detailed response to the consultation. The Action Group would be invited to participate.

PC Jo Jeffrey reported that crime was very low partly because of the very cold weather. She also commended Horse Watch which was aimed at raising awareness of and preventing horse related crime.

Under Matters to report the proposed closure of the Milverton toilets by TDBC was raised.