Planning Applications

When Taunton Deane Borough Council (TDBC), the local planning authority, receives  a planning application relating to a proposed development within the Parish, a period of consultation where views on the proposed development can be expressed follows. The formal consultation period will normally last for 21 days, and TDBC must consult with the Parish Council as a statutory consultee.

The Planning Applications relating to the Parish received are summarised in the table below including the planning application number, a description of the application, the date of the West Monkton Planning Committee meeting that considered the application (if applicable), the date of the West Monkton Parish Council meeting when the response to the application was approved and the response submitted to TDBC.

The West Monkton Planning Committee is made up of all Parish Councillors and meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7.00pm at the Brittons Ash Community Hall (when required). Copies of the agendas and minutes from the Committee meetings are available below:

Date of meetingAgenda
4th September 2018Agenda
1st August 2018Agenda
4th July 2018Agenda
6th June 2018Agenda
2nd May 2018Agenda
3rd April 2018Agenda
7th March 2018Agenda
7th February 2018Agenda
5th December 2017Agenda
7th November 2017Agenda
4th October 2017Agenda
6th September 2017Agenda
1st August 2017Agenda
4th July 2017Agenda

Further information about all of these planning applications is available on the TDBC website by clicking here and searching for the application using the application numbers below.

2018 Applications:

Planning Application NumberDescription of ApplicationWM Planning Committee DateWM Parish Council Date Parish Council Response to the application
48/17/0064Erection of extension to rear of garage, installation of cctv system, replacement of shed with glasshouse, and replacement of side boundary gate at The Old Dairy, Dyers Lane, Bathpool.7th February 201813th February 2018 The Parish Council supports this application
 48/17/0065/LBErection of extension to rear of garage, installation of cctv system, replacement of shed with glass house and replacement of side boundary gate at The Old Dairy, Dyers Lane, Bathpool 7th February 2018 13th February 2018
 48/18/0001/T Application to carry out management works to one oak tree included in Taunton Deane Borough (West Monkton) Tree Preservation Order 1973 at Oak House, Monkton Heights, West Monkton (TD47). 7th February 201813th February 2018 The Parish Council supports this application
48/18/0003Erection of single storey extension, installation of lounge bay window and dormer window extension to the rear of Meadowlea, 35 Greenway, Monkton Heathfield 7th February 2018 13th February 2018 The Parish Council supports this application – use matching materials
48/18/0004Replacement of garden shed with building attached to detached garage at 34 Mead Way, Monkton HeathfieldNot considered13th March 2018The Parish Council has no objection to the application.
48/18/0008Variation of condition No 2 (approved plans) of application 48/17/0003 at Torrington, Goosenford, Taunton7th March 201813th March 2018The application is not in keeping with the street scene. The first application 48/17/0003 made a good attempt to blend with the street scene: however, the addition of dormers and windows and the change to the elevation will make the building stand out in an obtrusive manner. The proposals will produce a three storey building (at the top of the hill) in a settlement area of mostly single and some two storey buildings.  Without a floor plan of the roof space for reference, the need for windows which clearly overlook the neighbours is questionable. The three front dormers look right across the road and down into the opposite property.
48/18/0009Erection of detached dwelling with associated works to the rear of 41 Greenway, Monkton Heathfield7th March 201813th March 2018The application location lies directly on a bat hunting corridor (verified by local reports), therefore the flying and feeding route would be disrupted. The Parish Council requests appropriate directional lighting to take this into account. The Parish Council wishes to stress that only one single dwelling should be allowed on this plot.
 48/18/0012Erection of 14 no. access staircases and platforms to provide access to storage containers at Easystore Southwest, land to west of Creech Castle, Bridgwater Road, Taunton. 3rd April 201810th April 2018 Planning Application Response
48/18/0015Display of 10no internally illuminated fascia signs at Hollywood Bowl Heron Gate3rd April 201810th April 2018 The Parish Council makes no comment on this appplication
48/18/0006Erection of 1 No. dwelling, double garage and associated woks in the garden to the south of Summercourt, Dosters Lane, West Monkton.3rd April 201810th April 2018On the site there is a large, mature tree, is there a TPO on it? If the tree is not protected, WMPC wishes to record its disappointment that the proposal indicates the removal of such a mature specimen. WMPC recommends that no dormers are to be added to the proposed dwelling. The proposed dwelling should be built of materials that are in keeping with the character of the surrounding buildings.
48/18/0011Erection of agricultural building for storage of machinery and fodder to land to the west of Warwick House, Sidbrook, Monkton Heathfield.N/A10th April 2018The current location will derive the next-door dwelling (Warwick House) of the sunset.  Because of this, and the fact that the current position of the proposed building would cause it to be very imposing on the street scene, West Monkton Parish Council recommends that the building is moved back from the road and further into the plot.  This will also minimise the effect of the large expanse of black bitumen roof.  The Parish Council recommends that the building should be screened from the road side.  West Monkton Parish Council would prefer to see a green or grey roof rather than a black one.
48/18/0019Application to fell and replace one maple tree included in Taunton Deane Borough (West Monkton No.4) Tree Preservation Order 1989 at 4 St Quintin Park(TD450)N/A10th April 2018Supports the application and suggests a replacement planting of a slower growing tree e.g. oak.
48/18/0014Installation of a heat pump unit for central heating on garage roof (retention of works already undertaken) at Glenrose, 89 Greenway, Monkton Heathfield.2nd May 20188th May 2018The street scene is affected by the installation.  It is suggested that the heat pump unit is turned through an appropriate degree (applicant suggested 30 degrees) to diminish the sound and direct it into trees.  The Parish Council recommends that acoustic louvres are fitted around the heat pump unit to reduce the sound and to turn the heat pump through 90 degrees which would not reduce air flow, but which would reduce the impact on the street scene.  The Parish Council would support the written recommendation from the TDBC Environmental Health Officer who attended the property.
08/17/0040Gladman application for land at Pyrland Farm.2nd May 20188th May 2018Planning Application Comments
48/18/0020Installation of a mezzanine floor at Unit 2 Hankridge Way, Taunton.2nd May 20188th May 2018Parish Council has ‘No Comment’
48/18/0017 and 18/LBRefurbishment and conversion of barns to residential accommodation at Walford gardens Mews Barns, Walford Cross6th June 201812th June 2018Please ensure materials used match the existing materials; Parish Council supports this application.
48/18/0026Proposed alterations to Pedestrian and Vehicular Access/Manoeuvring/Parking Facilities, Reinstatement of Highway Frontage Open Surface Water Drainage Channel and Replacement of Highway Frontage Boundary Fence/Hedging together with Change of Use of Agricultural Land and Buildings to Class B1(Office) and B8(Storage and Distribution) (Retention of works already undertaken) at Hyde Egg Farm, Hyde Lane, Bathpool.6th June 201812th June 2018Planning Comments: 48180026
48/18/0028/LBListed building consent for the replacement of cement-based render with lime based render at 6 Walford House, Bridgwater Road, West Monkton TA2 8QW.6th June 201812th June 2018The Parish Council supports the application.
48/18/0030Erection of a single storey rear extension, and porch to the front of Walford Gardens Mews. Walford Cross.6th June 201812th June 2018The Parish Council supports the application.
48/18/0025/AAdvertisement consent to display on externally illuminated sign frontage and various other replacement signs at B & Q, Heron Gate, Taunton.6th June 201812th June 2018Parish Council has considered the proposals and has no comment to make.
48/18/0027Erection of mono pitch roofed shed at 20 Elms Estate, Monkton Heathfield (retention of works already undertaken)6th June 201812th June 2018This is a large and obvious structure in the front garden of a residential property, which clearly affects the street scene of the road where it is located, but also it is visible from the A3259 nearby, so affects the wider street scene of the surrounding area.  It attempts to set a precedent that is not acceptable.
48/18/0031/LBVarious internal and external works at Glebe Court, Church Hill, West Monkton.12th June 2018The Parish Council supports the application
48/18/0029Erection of trellis on top of the existing fence at 25 Aginhills Drive, Monkton Heathfield4th July 201810th July 2018The Parish Council supports the application
48/18/0032Outline planning permission with some matters reserved (except for access and layout) for the erection of 2 no. detached dwellings in the garden to the rear of Nigella, Church Lane, West Monkton.4th July 201810th July 2018The materials need to be in keeping with the village. It is crucially important that the existing trees are retained on the south of the application site plan, as the contours of the site are so steep there is a significant risk of overlooking the properties to the south. For the same reason – steep contours – the Parish Council would wish a specification that both the dwellings should be retained as single storey with no more storeys permitted to be added or development in the roof space, as this would negatively impact on the skyline.
48/18/0033/TApplication to carry out management works to one holm oak tree included in the Taunton Deane Borough (West Monkton  no.1) Tree Preservation Order 1998 at Little Marlows, West Monkton4th July 201810th July 2018The Parish Council supports the application
48/18/0036Hartnells Phase 126th July 2018Planning Response
48/18/0034Erection of first floor extension at 45 St Quinton Park, Bathpool1st August 201814th August 2018The Parish Council supports the application
48/18/0037Erection of single storey extension to rear of 5 Sylvan Way, Monkton Heathfield1st August 201814th August 2018The Parish Council supports the application
48/18/0038Erection of No.1 dwelling with attached garage, access and associated works on land to the south of Summercourt, Dosters Lane, West Monkton.1st August 201814th August 2018Planning comments
48/18/0039Installation of 5 No condenser units to the side of Hollywood Bowl, Heron Gate, Taunton1st August 201814th August 2018The Parish Council supports the application
48/18/0040Installation of concession pod to the front of Sainsbury’s supermarket, Hankridge Way Retail Park, Taunton1st August 201814th August 2018The Parish Council supports the application
48/18/0041Display of 3 No. internally illuminated fascia signs, 2 No. non-illuminated poster signs and 2 No. non-illuminated panel signs on concession pod to the front of Sainsburys Supermarket, Hankridge Way Retail Park, Taunton1st August 201814th August 2018The Parish Council have requested that downlighter screens are used to reduce lighting the night sky.
48/18/0044/ADisplay of no.1 illuminated double sided totem sign, no.1 illuminated wall panel sign, no.1 non-illuminated pedestrian totem sign and no.1 non-illuminated fascia sign at Sainsbury’s Hankridge Way14th August 2018The Parish Council have requested that downlighter screens are used to reduce lighting the night sky.
48/18/0045Removal of bay window, single storey side and rear extension at Yew Tree House, Yew Tree Lane, Bathpool14th August 2018The Parish Council supports the application
48/18/0043Replacement of dwelling with change of use of agricultural land to domestic and erection of detached garage at Kildare, Sidbrook, West Monkton4th September 201811th September 2018The Parish Council supports the application
48/18/0046Erection of 1 No. dwelling with attached garage and associated works on land to the north of Summercourt, Dosters Lane, West Monkton4th September 201811th September 201848180046

2017 Applications:

Planning Application Number Description of ApplicationWM Planning Committee DateWM Parish Council DateParish Council Response to the application 
 48/17/0001/TApplication to fell two ash trees included in the Taunton Deane Borough (West Monkton No.13) Tress Preservation Area 2001 at 70 Mead Way, Monkton Heathfield. N/A8th February 2017Map not visible on copy received, therefore no comment is made.
 48/17/0003 Demolition of dwelling and outbuildings and erection of replacement dwelling with detached triple garage and detached stable block at Torrington, Goosenford (resubmission of 48/16/0043) N/A 8th February 2017West Monkton Parish Council supports this application.
 48/17/0006/TApplication to fell two oak trees included in Taunton Deane Borough (West Monkton No.1) Tree Preservation Order 1986 at Quince Cottage, West Monkton. N/A8th February 2017West Monkton Parish Council supports this application.
48/17/0010/ADisplay of 1 No. illuminated totem sign, 1 No. non-illuminated totem sign, 1 No. illuminated fascia sign and 1 No. non-illuminated wall sign at Sainsburys, Hankridge Farm, Hankridge Way, Taunton N/A8th March 2017The Parish Council has no comment on this application
48/17/0015 + 16Erection of 1 No. agricultural building and associated yard for storage of equipment, machinery and crops, installation of solar pv panels to the west elevation and formation of access on land east of Greenway, Monkton HeathfieldN/A12th April 2017 Parish Council supports this application and requests that trees are included in the indicative planting areas; that LED downlighters are used if the yard is to be lit; that section A-A should include trees to the East in the planting scheme; measures are put in place to ensure adequate drainage for run-off from the site and buildings as the road passing this site, to the west, beside the ’Old Bakery’ regularly floods.
48/17/0018Erection of single storey extension to the rear, insertion of roof lights, replacement of porch cladding, erection of double garage including log store and erection of gate piers at Glebe Court Lodge, West MonktonN/A12th April 2017Parish Council supports this application having considered there will be no adverse impact on the character of the building, the street scene or surrounding area . The Parish Council considers there will be no loss of amenity through overlooking. loss of light/outlook, or other disturbance.
48/17/0019Erection of single storey extension to rear and first floor extension above garage at 13 St Quinton Park, TauntonN/A12th April 2017Parish Council supports this application having considered there will be no adverse impact on the character of the building, the street scene or surrounding area. The Parish Council considers there will be no loss of amenity through overlooking loss of light/outlook or other disturbance.
48/17/0021Demolition of 3 No. single storey temporary buildings and erection of a two storey Art and Science building and a single storey Performing Arts building at Heathfield Community School, School Road, Monkton Heathfield2nd May 2017 9th May 2017Planning Application Response
48/17/0022 Change of use from Class D1 (Chiropractic Clinic) to Class C3 (Dwelling) at 152 Bridgwater Road, Bathpool2nd May 20179th May 2017The dwelling was originally constructed as a private dwelling, and neighbouring properties are private dwellings. There are no issues regarding access or parking on the site. Therefore, WMPC has no objection to the dwelling reverting to its original function.
48/17/0023Variation of Condition No. 02 (approved plans) of application 48/15/0055 at White Lea, 49 Greenway, Monkton HeathfieldN/A12th April 2017Parish Council supports this application having considered there will be no adverse impact on the character of the building, the street scene or surrounding area. The Parish Council considers there will be no loss of amenity through overlooking loss of light/outlook or other disturbance.
48/17/0024/A Display of 1 No. internally illuminated 6m double faced post sign, 1 No. internally illuminated wall sign, 1 No. non illuminated entrance sign at Aldi Stores Limited, Bridgwater Road, BathpoolN/A9th May 2017 The Parish Council has a Dark Skies policy in its Neighbourhood Plan, currently out for public consultation. Therefore, the Parish Council would suggest that for Sign A, the sign should be fitted with a top cover to ensure downlighting and minimise the spillage of the light from around this sign: and that the sign should only be illuminated during the opening hours of the store
48/17/0025Erection of Stage 2 of a steel framed agricultural building for the housing of livestock at Quantock Farm, West Monkton (retention of works already undertaken)7th June 201713th June 2017 Planning Application Response
 48/17/0026/T Application to carry out management works to one lime tree included in Taunton Deane Borough (West Monkton No. 1) Tree Preservation Order 1973 at 2 Monkton Heights, The Street, West MonktonN/A9th May 2017 The application is supported.
48/17/0027Erection of first floor extension to rear of 1 Yewlands Cottages, Monkton Heathfield7th June 201713th June 2017Planning Application Response
 4/38/17/0205Construction of new road scheme including widening and enlargement of Junction 25 roundabout, the widening of Toneway over approx. 200m length from J.25, the construction of a new roundabout to the SouthWestern corner of the Gateway Park and Ride site and the construction of linking sections of road to J.25 and the A358 / Ruishton Lane junction, junction alterations, provision of pedestrian and cyclist facilities and associated street furniture 7th June 2017 and 4th July 2017 13th June 2017 and 11th July 2017Planning Application Response
 48/17/0030/TApplication to coppice two Ash trees and one Alder, and to carry out management works to one Alder tree included in Taunton Deane Borough (West Monkton No. 5) Tree Preservation Order 1998 on land to the north of Noah’s Lodge, Noah’s Hill, West Monkton (TD779)7th June 201713th June 2017Planning Application Response
48/17/0031Replacement single storey extension at 16 Elms Estate, Monkton Heathfield7th June 201713th June 2017Having considered the impact of the application on the character of the building, street scene and/or surrounding area; and having assessed if proposals result in loss of amenity through overlooking, loss of light/outlook or other disturbance from the completed development; there is no adverse impact or loss of amenity and West Monkton Parish Council supports this application.
48/17/0035Formation of external drystone / gabion bench feature with insect boxes, low landscape mounds and sensory planting in the grounds of St Augustines Church, West Monkton4th July 201711th July 2017West Monkton Parish Council strongly supports this application as it will be of benefit to the health and wellbeing of the community of West Monkton Parish and beyond.
37/17/0008Statutory Consultation on the proposed Nexus 25 Strategic Employment Site Draft Local Development Order1st August 20178th August 2017 Response to TDBC LDO on Nexus 25
48/17/0042/TApplication to pollard two willow trees included in Taunton Deane Borough (West Monkton No.3) Tree Preservation Order 1998 at 49 Acacia Gardens, Bathpool, Taunton (TD777)6th September 201712th September 2017
Replacement of fire alarm system throughout Walford House, Walford Cross, Bridgwater Road, Taunton6th September 201712th September 2017The Parish Council supports this application, noting that the listed building status of Walford House has been taken into account.
48/16/0084Erection of a freestanding restaurant (use Class A3) on land to the side of Halfords, Hankridge Way, Taunton – Amendment to Plans6th September 201712th September 2017Parish Council supports this application, the amendments are far more in keeping with the existing retail site than the original application.
48/17/0051/TApplication to fell one Wellingtonia tree included in Taunton Deane Borough (Tree Preservation Order No.3) Tree Preservation Order 1998 at 6 Acacia Gardens, Bathpool, Taunton (TD777)12th September 2017Parish Council supports this application.
Erection of 2 No. single storey dwellings with demolition of structures at South View Court, Monkton Heathfield
4th October 201710th October 2017 Planning Application Response
48/17/0047/A
Display of 1 No. non illuminated estate board and 1 no. non illuminated tenant location board at Creech Castle, Bridgwater Road, Bathpool
4th October 201710th October 2017Parish Council supports this application
48/17/0049
Erection of 1 No. dwelling in the garden to the rear of 154 Bridgwater Road, Taunton.
4th October 201710th October 2017Parish Council supports this application but would make the observation that the window on the first floor of the proposed chalet bungalow would overlook the top of the 3 metre fence outside 154A Bridgwater Road and would therefore be able to overlook the school and playing area. However, the proposed property seems to be a reasonable distance away and reasonable materials are proposed to be used.
48/17/0050Erection of first floor and single storey extensions including the raising of the roof of Little Havens, Sidbrook, West Monkton.4th October 201710th October 2017Parish Council supports this application
48/17/0050175Erection of extension to garage to form double garage at 27 Mead Way, Monkton Heathfield4th October 201710th October 2017Parish Council supports this application
48/17/0053 + 54/LBConversion of barns into 1 No. residential dwelling with associated works at Walford Gardens Mews Barns, Walford Cross. 7th November 2017 14th November 2017Parish Council supports this application. The Parish Council recommends that all external lighting should be by downlighters and LEDs, in accordance with emerging West Monkton and Cheddon Fitzpaine Neighbourhood Plan Policy R1, and to protect foraging bats and dark skies.
48/17/0057/TApplication to carry out management works to one sycamore tree included in Taunton Deane Borough (West Monkton No.1) Tree Preservation Order 1998 at Little Marlows, West Monkton (TD775) 7th November 2017 14th November 2017Parish Council supports the recommendations of the TD Tree Officer.
48/17/0043Erection of 4 No. commercial buildings for Class B1/B2 usage, with amenities, on land adjacent to the A38 off Hardys Road, Monkton Heathfield7th November 201714th November 2017Planning application response
48/17/0058Erection of single storey extension to side and rear and detached garage outbuilding at 24 Burlinch, Burlinch Lane, West Monkton7th November 201714th November 2017Parish Council supports this application.
48/17/0060Notification to fell Maple Tree and one Lime tree within West Monkton Conservation Area at Nigella, Church Hill, West Monkton. Likely issues: The notification will be assessed on site5th December 201712th December 2017The Parish Council would prefer to see management of the Maple Tree and Lime Tree rather than their felling but supports the view of the TDBC Tree Officer.
08/17/0044Change of use of agricultural land to pubic park (Class D2) on land at Maidenbrook Lane, Cheddon Fitzpaine.5th December 201712th December 2017The Parish Council supports the granting of permission.
48/17/0061Variation of Condition No.2 (approved plans) of application 48/17/0003 at Torrington, Goosenford.12th December 2017The Parish Council supports the granting of permission.
48/17/0059Erection of two storey extension to side of Crooms Hills, Red Hill, West Monkton.12th December 2017The Parish Council supports the granting of permission
48/17/0063/TNotification to fell one Cypress tree and to carry out management works to one Cypress tress within West Monkton Conservation Area at Old Musgraves Farm, Blundells Lane, West Monkton12th December 2017The Parish Council supports the application.