Knoll call for referendum over controversial housing plans
group of villagers in Brent Knoll are calling for a referendum
over a controversial scheme to build 14 new homes at the junction
of the A38 and Brent Street in the village.
comes after a packed July meeting of the Brent Knoll Parish Council
where there were more parishioners than councillors.
say the key issue is a revised planning application from Coln Developments
to build 14 commercial homes on a site beside the A38 that had already
been rejected by the Parish Council.
the March meeting of the Parish Council had backed Colns planning
application for homes on that site albeit by the casting
vote of the Chairman and the decision of Sedgemoor District Councils
planning committee chairman to 'abandon his normal practice' of
absenting himself from planning matters.
key issue that encouraged a split-vote at the Parish Council was
the offer by the developers of a traffic-lights investment for the
junction of the A38 and Brent Street.
the latest Parish Council meeting, some councillors voiced their
belief that this offer was worth the acceptance of a commercial
development of market-priced homes outside the villages development
parishioners who attended that meeting pointed out that the developers
were offering no 'affordable homes', that the village needs, and
that the traffic lights plan could result in dangerous back-ups
on the M5.
original proposal from this developer included eight 'affordable
homes'," said David Sturgess, one of the parishioners who attended
latest proposal has ditched any affordable homes that we
need in favour of a 'bribe' to provide a traffic lights solution
to our road junction, that could create a fatal back-up of traffic
on the M5."
Parish Council by a split vote decided to grab the
'bribe' of that traffic-lights proposal," he added.
by the overwhelming opposition of parishioners, the latest meeting
of the Brent Knoll Parish Council resulted in a decision of councillors
making no comment on the latest amendments to the developer's planning
will be taken by Sedgemoor District Council as yet another approval
of this misguided proposal," added David Sturgess.
action will be the trigger for the parishioners demand for
planning application is under a formula called a P4 an application
to develop outside the agreed development zone, but offering a benefit
that the community wants," said Mr Sturgess.
referendum a Parish Poll will determine whether Brent
Knoll residents agree that developing 14 high-cost homes at a dangerous
road-junction is fair exchange for getting a traffic lights system."
of us fear that this traffic lights system will add to the frequent
congestion that creates dangerous back-ups at Juntction 22 of the
Highways authority has always said that they cannot deliver a bigger
solution to our Brent Street junction with the A38 until we get
more deaths which are not happening: the parish council seems
to support a scheme that could create those deaths on the M5,"
Knoll residents will now 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 formula.