Are you aware of the proposed development behind the Main Road in the village?

The development is sited immediately behind number 21-27 Main Road and, because of the site elevation, this raises a number of privacy concerns with almost all of the new development overlooking the gardens and homes along this stretch to some degree.

Drainage is another concern, given the impact of the recent flooding, the development must take account of concerns raised as part of the original out-line planning permission approval.

The proposal borders the Nether Kellet Conservation Area and has the potential to affect its setting and character and, when viewed from Main Road, the new proposed dwellings will tower above the existing houses and harm the setting and special historic interest of this designated area. That part of the village has been there for almost 300 years.

The elevated land will also mean it will be clearly visible from deeper within the Conservation Area, therefore extending its impact.

We feel that this application does not “respect the character of the surrounding buildings and its wider setting, in terms of design, siting, scale, massing, height and the materials used” as stated in the Councils Planning guidelines.

To conclude, we feel the proposal dominates the skyline and there will be a stark contrast between the old and the new and dominate this part of the Conservation Area.  We feel that something at a lower density and at a lower level that’s graded into the site would work much better.

If you wish to comment on the application, please do so (before the Neighbour Consultation Date of 27-Jan) via the council’s planning website and type 17/01410/FUL into the search bar and follow the instructions.  More information on the proposals can be found at the same link.