Arc Homes application refused !

Arc Homes, the developers at the Stanchester site (Shuldam’s Fields), recently put in an application to the District Council to be released from building six affordable housing units and from paying a developer’s contribution of just over £110,000 towards community facilities. Their reason was that the site is commercially unviable.

The Parish Council are pleased to announce that the District’s Area North Committee have supported our village in rejecting this application. We had always maintained a very strong opposition to Arc Homes’ attempt to be relieved of community responsibility. We attended the Committee meeting on Wednesday 27 September to speak on behalf of our residents and to put forward our technical reasons why this application should be refused. Our new statement can viewed by clicking here. We understand that the District took expert legal advice and research and as a result rejected Arc’s application.

A word of caution, before we all break open the champagne! Arc Homes have the right – and probably will – appeal against the decision. Area North form0ally advised Arc Homes that they expect them to consider re-negotiating the Section 106 obligation, rather than just appealing for the decision to be simply overturned, sending a very strong message to the developers that community interests are always important in new developments. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

The Parish Council is proud to have been part of such a very positive first step.


Barbara Brooks
Chair
Stoke sub Hamdon Parish Council
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Sarah Moore
Parish Clerk
Stoke sub Hamdon Parish Council
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October Message from Cath Holloway, the Village Agent


Hi Everyone,

I am feeling rather cheated out of my early September sunshine at the time of writing and it is already dark in the mornings when I get up. That means it is time to start thinking about how to break the boredom of early darkness. Many people are left quite isolated once the weather is bad and they don’t get to see anyone. Now is the time to get motivated to see what activities are available in your village during the day and evening to keep you going. Have you got a less mobile neighbour that you could support to getting to a group? It may be the only faces they see all winter.

You may fancy something completely different, if so, try Somerset Skills for Learning for charged courses across Somerset. You could also volunteer – there are many ways with a range of commitment levels. The Western Gazette list some and you can look on the SPARK www.sparksomerset.org.uk website for more ideas.

September / October is the time when you register for the Winter Warmer Discounts with your energy company. If you are on pension credits or are considered vulnerable, you can be eligible for more than £100 off you winter bill – if you register. Give your energy companies a call and see if you are eligible.

As you are probable aware, utility bills are set to rise so check on your statement to see if you are on the cheapest tariff and if not – change! I can support you with this.

Also see me if you are interested in having a SMART metre installed to keep an eye on the electricity and gas (if you are lucky enough to have it!) you are using. It is free Village Agents are a charity who give advice on staying independent in your home, managing your finances, queries about transport, becoming a carer, starting social groups and just about anything!

Village Agents are a charity who give advice on staying independent in your home, managing your finances, queries about transport, becoming a carer, starting social groups and just about anything!

You can find me at local coffee mornings and events or call and email me. (Enable Javascript to see the email address) 07968521746

Cath