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We would love to hear from you. You don't need special skills; an offer to print fliers will be as warmly welcomed as an offer to design them!  Get in touch via the contact page.

We are fund-raising to meet rising legal costs

 

If everyone on our database donated £100, we would more than reach our £30,000 target. You don't have to donate £100 all at once; £20 a month for the next five months would do just as nicely!

 

Our bank account is Barclays account 9300 4562, sort code 20-99-40 if you want to make a Bacs payment (or set up  standing order); or you can send a cheque, payable to Fomag, to Willow Lodge, Mudford, BA21 5TG.

 

A huge thank you to everyone who has so generously donated so far!

If you would like to keep in touch, drop us an email (fomag@hotmail.com) and we'll keep you informed. Write to us at Willow Lodge, Mudford, BA21 5TG

 

If you can offer time or skills, we are always looking for volunteers - please let us know!

It is essential that we email planning.policy@southsomerset.gov.uk over any of the following issues, beginning your email:

 

Dear Sirs,

 

    I formally object to the Councils proposal to build 765 houses at Primrose Lane Up Mudford – application number 14/02554/OUT on the following grounds;

 

Then chose from any of these arguments that you feel most passionately about, ideally in your own words!

 

ANTHRAX

There is evidence that Anthrax spores were found on this site with the resulting death of at least 5 cattle. *

 

*See report highlights by lqm (a leading land contamination expert) sent to SSDC on 1st December 2017 detailing anthrax problems associated with this site and detailed in a recent letter to Michael Gove MP – Minister for the Environment.

 

* Reporting in the Environmental Statement (2015) (ES) acknowledges uncertainty with respect to Anthrax testing to date;

 

*The soil sampling testing regime is inappropriate to the risk being concentrated on the western side of the site despite a condition that the whole site is at risk and should be tested;

 

*The sampling regime is flawed in terms of handling composite sample;

 

*The sampling plan does not take into account the possibility of spore migration notably via field drains;

 

*Guidance relied on to formulate the sampling plan is out of date;

 

*The proposed sampling plan in not in accordance with current best practice guidance [BSI 2013] as to spacing of soil samples which explicitly excludes the use of composite samples; and

 

*The proposed number and type of tests are not reasonable to investigate for the possible presence of Anthrax at the site.

 

FLOODING

 

  It is an established fact that Mudford, Chilton Cantelo and the surrounding areas up to Marston Magna currently flood after a few days of hard rain.

    The floods of 2016 along the Mudford – Marston Magna road were the worst for many years, exacerbated no doubt by the recent Wyndham Park development.

    The A359 was flooded and impassable on either side of the bridge, and on roads leading of the A359 to the villages Chilton Cantelo, Ashington and

    Marston Magna, with a larger volume of traffic this could turn out to be horrendous.

    Villagers have been stranded in their homes, vehicles overturned outside Mudford Church and these villages and hamlets cut off from Yeovil, sometimes for several days at a time.

    Concreting over this escarpment to build 765 houses would bring an unmanageable increase in flooding to the area.

   Wessex Water have tried on several occasions over the years to resolve this problem to no avail, and promises of this issue being resolved by developers building these new homes are frankly hollow.

  The environment agency met the PC after the last major flood in 2012, when houses at the lower end of the village experienced water seeping up under the floors, which had to be replaced at great expense because the houses were listed.

   The comment from the agency was that there was nothing they could do to alleviate the floods, it all costs money and other towns were more important.

   (Taken from the PC minutes).

 

LANDSCAPE

 

   Building on the northern escarpment adjacent Primrose Lane would destroy one of the most beautiful views in South Somerset.

This view is far ranging and can be seen from as far afield as the A303 at Sparkford Vale, Cadbury, Charlton Ridge, Castle Cary and Camel.

The current boundary of housing along Primrose Lane provides a natural, partially hidden line which naturally marks the beginning of Yeovil to the northern side.

Building beyond there down towards Mudford would create an urban sprawl that would in years to come give way to Mudford and its neighbouring parishes of Marston Magna etc merging into Yeovil.

 

TRANSPORT

 

    Building on this site would inflict unacceptable levels of traffic along the already over burdened A359 and surrounding approach roads into Yeovil,

    namely Lyde road, Mudford road, Combe Street lane and Sherborne Road.

The development at Wyndham Park has already contributed to grid lock during peak times along these routes. Another 765 – 1300 extra vehicles using these roads do not bear thinking about.

There have been a number of accidents and fatalities on this stretch of road between Mudford and Yeovil in the past 10-15 years and this can only increase.

The recent accident along this road on 14th September 2018 involving 7 casualties (4 from Mudford) confirms these concerns.

To our knowledge there have been four fatalities on this hill in the past 20 years as well as many serious injuries incurred through multiple RTA’s at this location.

This increased traffic flow will also have a knock on effect into Marston Magna and Queen Camel with its Primary School and very narrow bridge.

The police are unwilling or unable to monitor the current situation let alone police the resulting increased traffic flow this development would bring.

Speed data obtained from traffic monitors either end of the village show

 

Top of hill speed data March to May 2018

Average number of cars on weekdays passing through village – nearly 4900 per day

Peaking between 3pm and 4pm with 442 passing through in this hour long period

Morning peak 6am-7am with 425 passing through in this hour long period

 

20% of cars travel over the speed limit, travelling at an average of 40mph (10mph above the speed limit)

 

Bottom of hill speed data March – May 2018

Average number of cars on weekdays passing through village - nearly 4800 per day

Peaking between 3 and 4 pm with 490 passing through in this hour long period

About 13% travel over the speed limit at an average of 40mph.

 

Both directions

Taking the results of vehicle movements in both directions, on average, on weekdays between 3 and 4 pm in the afternoon, 932 vehicles pass through the village in one hour, this equates to 15 vehicles every minute. 1 vehicle every 4 seconds. On average  16.5% of these will be speeding.

 

ARCHAEOLOGY  

 

This area of Somerset has for centuries provided rich farmland for arable and dairy farming; some of the richest manors mentioned in the Doomsday Book are in this corner of Somerset, and these agricultural traditions continue today in Mudford.

The parish of Mudford is split into several manors or settlements: Mudford itself in the centre, surrounded by Nether Adber, Hinton, West Mudford, Woodcourt, Mudford Sock and Up Mudford. Stone joined the parish in the 19th century, having been transferred from the Parish of Preston.

Each of these settlements had their own structure, field system and land owners through the medieval period until the Reformation, when they were grouped into two ownerships.

In the medieval period the fields around these settlements were ploughed in the three-field system giving the familiar ridge and furrow landscape we see today, but in the 16th century the wool trade made sheep farming more profitable and so the settlements were depopulated in favour of sheep.

Mudford's fields were enclosed at this time, which makes the hedges and field system in Somerset one of the oldest enclosures in Somerset; the majority of other parishes in Somerset were enclosed in the 1780s.

 

Discovery of the earthworks in 1976 Mick Aston, then county archaeologist for Somerset (1974 -78), but later of Time Team fame, discovered by accident the remains of Nether Adber on the northern edge of Mudford.

This led to a report and the realisation that Mudford parish had 2 deserted mediaeval settlements and 4 shrunken mediaeval settlements all with their earth works and field systems still intact.

Up to 1976 the research into mediaeval settlements was very slim; in 1954 Maurice Beresford listed only 15 sites in Somerset in his book The Lost Villages of Somerset.

By 1971 interest in and knowledge about the mediaeval landscape had increased, and Somerset was credited with 27 sites, some of which were only derived from documents and not field evidence.

 

The remains of Nether Adber was such an important find and so easy to see and explain (the walls, doorways 'and outhouses are the best preserved in Somerset) that Mick used to bring county councillors out from Taunton to show that archaeology is interesting and how lucky we are to have this example in Somerset.

 

"Mudford parish contains some of the best evidence of deserted and shrunken settlements in the whole of Somerset" Up Mudford has a collection of earthworks around the existing group of houses and farm buildings associated with this are the field systems to the north showing ridge and furrow and early 16th C transformation of enclosure. The field names show signs of even earlier use pre Roman and post Roman (the A359 is the territorium route for IIchester). The manor of Up Mudford was always separate from Mudford village and the parish at one time having its own mill, chapel and manor house, the detail of this part of Somerset has yet to be written and studied by the Victoria County History.

 

There may be much, much more to discover and tie in to the whole history of the landscape and social history of this part of Somerset.

Many mediaeval shrunken settlements in the country have already been lost to modern farming methods and development.

Research, air survey, geophysical, geochemical and field archaeology is expensive, and we should not destroy or damage for future generations the already recognised valuable and rare asset we have in the whole of Mudford Parish.

 

The Up Mudford settlement and field system is at direct risk at the moment from development, the need for housing is acknowledged but not at the expense of our historical landscape and visual impact on the Sparkford Vale.

 

The amenities and road system on this side of Yeovil would not support further housing; growth of the town would make common sense in a southerly direction.

Destruction of our heritage for lack of foresight would be a crime and loss for future generations wishing to understand our landscape development and changes made in the 16th and 17th Centuries for which we have an outstanding example in Mudford Parish.