Creedwell Development
 

BREAKING NEWS

S Notaro Ltd has started development of the field. The Parish Council is monitoring activities and liaising with TDBC Planning Officers as appropriate.

NEWS ARCHIVE

S Notaro Ltd of Bridgwater has completed the purchase from TDBC of the access to the contentious Creedwell development site for an undisclosed sum. The deal also has an overage provision whereby if more than 20 houses are built within 25 years further payments are due to TDBC. This deal now opens the way for Notaro to build out the balance of the extant 1979 designed development amounting to 72 houses. Unfortunately this means that there will be no Affordable Housing or Community Infrastructure Levy payments.

Historic Information

At the Parish Council meeting on 7th April 2014 the Chairman set out how the Parish Council intends to respond to the application to build 70 houses on land near Creedwell Orchard.

Since the application was only recently registered and the Exhibition only held over the weekend the Parish Council felt it would be too early to form a firm view at that meeting. Therefore it has been agreed that the matter would come to an extra Parish Council meeting on 28th April. This will be held in the Victoria Rooms at 7.30pm. Although TDBC has stated that the period for public comment will close on 25th April it has agreed that it will receive Parish Council comments up until 5th May.

Councillors acknowledge that holding the meeting after public comment had closed is not ideal but with the Annual Parish meeting scheduled for 16th April followed by Easter they feet they have little choice. The Annual Parish Meeting will however include Creedwell on the agenda and will be an opportunity for residents to discuss the application and ask questions in an open forum.

For residents who missed the Exhibition and cannot attend the meeting the Parish Council will be holding a 'drop in' session to look at the plans in the Victoria Rooms Reading Room on 17th April between 2pm and 4pm.

S Notaro Homes has submitted a planning application to TDBC for the Erection of 70 No Dwellings with Associated Works on Land at Creedwell Orchard, Milverton. Details can be viewed and comments made by visiting the Council website

http://www1.tauntondeane.gov.uk/tdbcsites/plan/plapplookup.asp and inserting the reference 23/14/0014.

Background to The Application

In May 2007 Taunton Deane awarded a Certificate of Lawful Use to a development in the field next to Creedwell that dated from 1981.

For details about this and the history of the site click the link here.

Following various legal challenges and despite the deficiencies in the evidence Taunton Deane Borough Council has declined to revoke the Certificate of Lawfulness. This means that the Planning Permission granted in 1979 for 80 houses at Creedwell has been revived.

As a result, the owners of the land S. Notaro of Bridgwater has restated its intention to develop the Creedwell Orchard site. In order to allow the village the greatest opportunity to understand the situation the Parish Council called two public meetings in October on the 17th and the 25th 2011.

At the first meeting the Parish Council set out the current situation and answered questiions. At the second meeting parishioners were invited to give their views to allow the Parish Council to gauge the mood and respond to Notaro accordingly.

Since then Taunton Deanes Scrutiny Committee considered a proposal to sell the access 'ransom strip' to S Notaro. This they were satisfied with and passed the recommendation to the Council's Executive. The Executive were more circumspect and only passed the resolution to sell after the Chairman, Leader Cllr John Williams, has exercised his casting vote.

As a result Milverton and North Deane Ward Cllr Gwilym Wren asked for the decision to be 'called in' in line with the Council Constitution. This request was refused by the Community Scrutiny Committee on 29th November. at 6.15pm but refused. Taunton Deane's decision to sell to S Notaro as a sole purchaser therefore stands.

In late February 2012 S Notaro wrote to the majority of the village setting out its intention to build 72 houses on the Creedwell Field.

The Parish Council issued a Press Release after the first meeting which can be found here.

Notaro is consulting the South West Design Panel over its proposed design. At the present time this is a closed process and village representative are not included.

Taunton Deane has now received the valuation of the access 'ransom strip' from the District Valuer. It has valued the site at a higher sum than TDBC anticipated and has recommended various safeguards to prevent loss of future value for the Council.

Notaro has applied to TDBC to amend the S52 agreement that governs the road and access arrangements to its Creedwell site. This is out for public consultation. Details can be found on the TDBC website using the reference 23/12/0014/VSC. The Parish Council will be considering it's response at the meeting on 11th June. The Parish Councils response is below.

The Taunton Deane Planning Officer report is below.

Notaro lost its appeal against the refusal of its application 23/14/0014. The Inspectors Report is attached below. Consequently it has now submitted an application for a Non Material Amendment (NMA) relating to the extant 1979 consent. This involved adjusting the layout to accommodate improved roads especially turning heads. As a result several houses were removed and one been re-sited. TDBC is considering whether or not these proposed amendments are significant enough to require a new Planning Application. The Parish Council set out its views in a letter to TDBC on 12th March which is attached below.

On 24th May 2017 this application for an NMA was refused by the TDBC Planning Committee. The decision notice is here.


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