News from the parish council
North Taunton Development - The Chair & Vice-Chair of the Parish Council spoke against this outline planning application for the development of >1600 homes between KSM and Taunton at the TDBC Planning Committee on 20th September. Over 200 members of the public attended the planning committee meeting, with many giving very well delivered 3 minute speeches justifying reasons for this development not to go ahead. Despite an initial vote by Cllrs to refuse the application, further debate led to the outcome to defer the application based on a smaller number of concerns than were raised. A full report is available from Ray Stokes on the KSM website. At the time of writing, TDBC Planning Committee will meet again on 24 October to consider the application. We will keep you updated via Link-Up but please check the KSM website for up to date information or
contact KSM PC Chair/Clerk.
Dogs on the Playing Field - vandalism of 'No Dogs' signs - Ongoing concerns about the health and safety risks from dogs using the playing field have led to advice being sought from our Police Community Support Officer and the possible use of CCTV. It was agreed that the Playing Field Management Committee would ask TDBC dog warden to patrol the area and put warning posters up, as well as seek to replace the vandalised signs (for the third time). If the problem persists we will have to consider prosecution. Further information is available on the KSM website. Anyone spotting dogs on the playing field are asked to note details and report the sighting to the Parish Clerk.
Volunteers support appreciated - The organisers and volunteers efforts to keep our community well looked after are much appreciated by all. There was a good turnout for the working day in the Woodland Trusts' Spinney last month when brambles were removed from the Yew Trees and other plants kept in check. The Playing Field Committee also organised a working session and have cleared weeds to make the area look tidier. A volunteer evening run by the Community Plan group, held in the Village Hall, also attracted extra helpers for future community work, litter picking and footpath maintenance. More volunteers are always welcome to help the upkeep of our Parish.
Planning - The council agreed to raise no objection to the following plans:
# 20/17/0027 Replacement of dwelling and outbuildings with dwelling and carport at Greenbanks, Lodes Lane, Kingston St Mary. No objections were raised to this application, recognising the hidden character of the existing dwelling and the consideration for the setting of the proposed dwelling - including mitigation and enhancement for wildlife and landscape, providing recommendations made by the TDBC and Quantocks AONB staff are followed. It will include a new access drive from Lodes Lane.
# 20/17/0023 Erection of Boundary Wall at Grove Farm, Pickney, Kingston St. Mary.