A developer’s proposals to build a nine-house subdivision on the outskirts of Wellington were turned down by planners.
Somerset West and Taunton Council have denied Marshwood Homes’ application for the site east of Bagley Road in Rockwell Green.
In making this decision, councilors agreed that the house would have a negative impact on the Somerset Levels and Moors “by increasing the concentration of phosphates in the area where they are already excessive”.
They also ruled that residents would be exposed to “an unacceptable risk of noise pollution” from the adjacent Ryelands business park, where “operational requirements” would be compromised.
The promoter was also informed that he had provided insufficient information demonstrating how road standards could be met.
Marshwood Homes, which planned to keep some of the rental properties, planned to build six three-bedroom and three two-bedroom terraced semi-detached homes.
The 0.27 hectare site, which includes business units on two sides, is currently a scrubland, but was once the garden center for the Lincot Nurseries.
Wellington City Council had opposed the houses, saying the land should remain earmarked for business and employment, while criticizing the “artificial form of shoddy development”.
READ MORE: Houses offered at Bagley Road, Rockwell Green.