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 https://sites.google.com/site/milvertonpc/planningconsultations
The Parish Council has also set out its general position on the Core Strategy as follows:
MILVERTON PARISH COUNCIL'S POSITION ON THE PROPOSED CORES STRATEGY AND SMALL SITES CONSULTATION
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.