Knoll council defends itself amid uproar over 14 new homes
Knoll Parish Council has this week defended its "correct and
democratic" process and said all decisions have been "taken
in good faith" amid a debate about controversial plans for
14 new homes in the village.
Developments hopes to build 14 commercial homes on a site besides
the A38 near to the junction with Brent Street - and the plans were
discussed at a heated Parish Council meeting last week where residents
called for a referendum, as we reported here.
Cullwick, Clerk of the Parish Council, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The Parish Council in Brent Knoll were invited to make any
comments to a slightly amended planning application on the 5th July."
application previously commented on in March proposed the erection
of 14 dwellings on a site adjoining the A38. As this site is identified
as a P4 in local planning guidelines it requires a developer to
provide a community benefit before the application can be considered
by the District Planning authority."
developer in this application is aware of the long-standing problems
at this notorious junction at Brent Street and therefore has proposed
a scheme of improvements aimed at making the junction safer for
County Council has been asked on a number of occasions to consider
investing in such improvements but have always rejected on the basis
of the considerable cost involved. They have also stated that there
has so far not been a fatality."
the latest meeting the Parish Council were only asked to consider
some relatively minor changes to the site for the houses and which
included small changes to road layout and landscaping these were
requested to the developer as part of the proposed housing element
of the application. The Parish Council therefore took the view that
the appropriate response was to make no observations."
who object to the application must accept that the Parish Council
has no say or control in what the County decide to do with regard
to the road improvements it is purely their decision on the viability
of the Scheme. As for the lack of affordable housing this is being
offered as part of another small development providing the current
discussions and planning process is completed."
summary this Parish Council believe that the process that they have
followed throughout this application is correct and democratic and
all decisions taken in good faith. At no time has The Parish Council
been subject to bribes. It has simply sought to take the opportunity
to solve a long standing issue in one part of the village."
comes after a packed July meeting of the Brent Knoll Parish Council
where parishioners spoke out about the plans.
residents say they are planning to pursue the option of a Parish
Poll enabling them to demonstrate to the Parish Council and
the planning authorities whether the community supports the idea
of allowing a commercial development in return for a traffic lights