Mark Parish Council
In November 2022 an application was made to Sedgemoor Council for outline planning permission to mount a major development
of a Field at the rear of the Croft on The Causeway. This would have involved the building of 40 Houses on the site and provision of some 38 parking spaces for Parents dropping off or collecting
Children at the First School. The applicant made it clear that they would suggest parking restrictions on the Causeway which in effect would prevent the Residents from the Croft and nearby being able
to park outside their Homes.
Although there were a small number of letters of support for the proposed scheme, it was clear that the overwhelming
majority of persons responding to the planning application objected to it for a number of reasons including poor access to the site to and from the Causeway, the risk of flooding, impractical
arrangements for the allocated parking spaces and the lack of consultation with those likely to be effected by the new Development particularly the Residents of the Croft and nearby homes who had not
been aware of the Application, in some cases, until it was made. It was also significant that objections were raised by others such as Somerset Highways and the Environment Agency. Mark Parish
Council also recommended Refusal.
The planning application was subsequently considered by Somerset Council who have now replaced Sedgemoor as our Local
Authority. They refused the application.
Articles have now appeared in the local media which seem to selectively quote from the reasons for Refusal as shown on
Somerset Council’s planning portal. It is worthwhile showing the full decision in order to show the full reasons for Refusal.
The Applicant and the Investment Company who appear to be backing him may appeal against the Refusal.