ILMINSTER NEWS: Concerns about Tonka Toy convoy moving in and out of Canal Way

ILMINSTER NEWS: Concerns about Tonka Toy convoy moving in and out of Canal Way

COUNCILLORS are concerned that there will be horrendous problems on Canal Way in Ilminster when a convoy of “Tonka Toys” descend on the town for the construction of Persimmon Homes’ planned 400-home development.

Members of Ilminster Town Council’s planning, highways and transport committee voted unanimously on Tuesday (February 6, 2018) to recommend refusal to Persimmon’s application for the first phase of the development consisting of 144 homes.

Persimmon was given outline planning permission for 400 houses by South Somerset District Council late last year and has now submitted details for the first phase of the development to receive final approval.

But local councillors and residents have said that there have not been enough details given and that some of the documents and reports are already out-of-date.

And a number of councillors indicated during Tuesday’s night meeting at Greenfylde First School that there appeared to have been little thought given to what will happen on the local roads during the building period.

Cllr Ian Mackillop said: “I have seen no information about the impact of traffic to and from Canal Way as a result of this development which could have serious consequences.”ILMINSTER NEWS: Concerns about Tonka Toy convoy moving in and out of Canal Way

It is highly likely that now Persimmon has been given outline permission for the development, it will go-ahead – although it is expected that the company may have to amend various parts of the overall plans.

And Cllr Jane Dewick, recently co-opted onto Ilminster Town Council, said she was looking ahead and fearful of what lies in store for the area during the building works - referring to the expected multitude of lorries, diggers and trucks as Tonka Toys.

“I have got some grave concerns about this application,” she said. “Access to the site is a major concern for me, while I’m also really concerned about all these Tonka Toys that will be coming in.

“The information provided by Persimmon doesn’t give us the information we need in my opinion.”

Although Ilminster Town Council has recommended refusal of the scheme – a final decision on the plans will be made by South Somerset District Council.

More on Tuesday night’s debate about the Persimmon application at Ilminster Town Council can be found on this link - .