STOP 112 CAMPAIGN
David Wilson Homes to cram 112 houses into a small farmerís field behind
Withies Park in Midsomer Norton have caused uproar and resulted in the
formation of a new campaign group called STOP 112.
The Campaign has arranged a public meeting for 7.30pm on Tuesday 19th
October at Midsomer Norton Town Hall.
proposed site on the River Somer flood plain between Cautletts Close and
Midsomer Norton Cricket Club is certainly a contentious one, with opposition
to the proposed development based on three main concerns; flooding,
overdevelopment and increased traffic.
What are the Environment Agency doing?
The land is
well known locally for flooding, and local people are astounded at the
Environment Agency for allowing the site even to be considered for housing.
Local residents fear that people will unwittingly buy houses that will be
liable to flooding and/or David Wilson Homesí attempts to make the land
usable will simply divert water into existing residentsí homes or turn the
cricket pitch into a lagoon.
Environment Agency is coming in for criticism from local residents as the
development suddenly became a lot more profitable for David Wilson homes in
2009, when the Zone 2 flood plain was moved from approximately the middle of
the field to the very edge.
concerns also relate to the ability of the existing sewerage networks
ability to cope with the increased volume from another 112 houses, with any
costs subsequently falling on Withies Park home owners, whose sewer has not
been adopted by Wessex Water.
Surely this is over-development?
also believe that 112 houses on such a small site is overdevelopment. They
also highlight the unimaginative 1980s layout, and the provision of only a
single track bridge in and out of the proposed estate, which will see the
green river corridor destroyed and the River Somer become little more than a
How will our local roads cope?
AGM last week, members of the Redfield Residents Association, who have been
working with B&NES for four years on traffic issues, poured scorn on David
Wilson Homesí traffic proposals. Residents believe that the development
would have a crippling effect on the already congested local road
infrastructure Ė particularly in Steam Mills and Redfield Road which are
effectively single track roads.
112 Campaign is calling on local residents to oppose the David Wilson Homes
planning application before it is too late, by either logging comments on
the B&NES website, writing to Planning Services, Trimbridge House, Trim
Street, Bath, BA1 2DP, or emailing