Draft Core Strategy (incorporating Preferred Options) October 2010

Document Section Draft Core Strategy (incorporating Preferred Options) Market Towns - Visions and Proposals Castle Cary/Ansford Local Issues Local Issues [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 825
Respondent A Jayne [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 17 Nov 2010
Response Type OBJECT
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  • Object
As the Council will be aware, Castle Cary and Ansford have already sustained much housing development, from the 1970's onwards, chiefly of starter homes. This has resulted in not inconsiderable traffic problems, since the town's roads were not built to accommodate such volumes. Indeed, the town pet shop has recently moved to an out-of-town retail park, to the disappointment of customers unable to reach the new venue, the move being hastened by the attentions of traffic wardens and the proximity of heavy goods vehicles utilising the pavement and at times hitting the adjacent buildings. If such a situation becomes exacerbated, the town will die, as more retail outlets move out and pressure for a supermarket locally then ensues.

There are however, already two empty properties near the town centre that, it seems to me, are ripe for development, yet stand empty and boarded up. I refer to the Two Swans Public house in Station Road and The Priory building off Blind Lane. Both these properties could supply excellent flats suitable for older residents, which could free up properties onto the market for families and first-time buyers. If the law is preventing development of these two building it seems the law needs to be reviewed, if the alternative is green field development.

The time limit of 2026 could be variable, and even if that time scale is kept, how many more homes will be required after that? Much of the demand is from people moving to Somerset from parts that have become unpleasantly overcrowded elsewhere in the country, but they are bringing the problems with them. This at a time when 100.000's are still allowed into Britain to settle, many of whom have large families. One has to ask when is enough, enough? The world population is exploding, but we are building on land allocated for food production. It seems to me, the problem is being accommodated, not managed. Our roads and town centres simply cannot take much more.