Redfield Residents Association

Midsomer Norton, Bath, Somerset - Last updated 12 October 2010

 

STOP 112 CAMPAIGN

Plans by 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.

The 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.

The 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.

Further 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?

Campaigners 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 sterile canal.

How will our local roads cope?

At their 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.

The STOP 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 development_control@bathnes.gov.uk

 

 

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