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Controversial building scheme for Somerset village rejected

A controversial scheme to build seventy houses without offering any affordable homes in the village of Milverton has been thrown out by councillors in Taunton tonight.

The developer, Notaro, said if they didn't get permission to use the green field site they might try to build bungalows and other housing approved almost 40 years ago.

One councillor said taking tonight's decision was 'like playing Russian Roulette" - if they turn down the current scheme there is a possibility of a worse one being built.

Despite the risk all councillors voted against the scheme, except two who abstained.

Campaigners against the building project say they are relieved at the vote Credit: ITV News

What could happen next?

Planning permission granted for a development on green fields

The developers argue that they could build the bungalows and houses in the original 1970's planning permission.

This is hotly contested by the campaigners.

Arguments for:

Notaro say they have tried to work with the village and Taunton Deane Borough Council and claim their current application is a sympathetic blend of houses and parking spaces.

There is a children's play area and they have offered £150,000 towards local housing.

Arguments against:

The Save Milverton Action Group argued the scheme should be turned down because no affordable housing is being offered, the land isn't approved for building in the structure plan and that the scheme is far too big for a village the size of Milverton.

They also say that it would ruin the character of the heritage village and will cause big traffic problems.

Elderly couple escape from bungalow fire

Damage to the bungalow's roof in Milverton. Credit: Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

An elderly couple escaped unhurt from a severe fire at their bungalow yesterday morning, one of them in a wheelchair. In all, eight fire engines attended the incident on Butts Way, Milverton, Somerset. The fire started upstairs but the cause is not yet known.

The damaged kitchen in the bungalow. Credit: Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service
The damaged kitchen from another angle. Credit: Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service