Grant for Spine Road - North Taunton Development
The Government has announced a £7.2 million grant to enable the building of the spine road through the proposed housing development north of Staplegrove.
The new spine road will run from Kingston Road to a point near the Silk Mills roundabout. It should greatly ease traffic pressures on existing roads particularly during the early construction phase of the proposed housing development.
Promoters of the development had argued they could not afford to build the spine road until they had sold 400 plus new homes to pay for it.
This would have meant that all the construction traffic going to and from the site would have had to use Kingston Road and a so-called 'drop down' road into Corkscrew Lane.
Conditional outline planning permission for the new 1,625 homes development was given by Taunton Deane planners last autumn despite opposition from the parish councils of Kingston St Mary and Staplegrove, and residents' groups.
Ray Stokes, chair of KSM Parish Council, said:
The spine road, provided it is built in its entirety before work starts on the houses, should ease some of the potential traffic conflicts on Kingston Road and reduce the risk of even greater 'rat running' through the village.
We have been fighting this development for more than eight years. This is a small victory but unfortunately, we have lost battle to prevent this swathe of productive, agricultural land, on the approach to the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, being covered in tarmac, bricks and mortar.
Source: Kingston St Mary Parish Council