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Over 50 new homes planned on green space near major Bridgwater employment site Bath City News

More than 50 new homes could soon be delivered on one of the last green spaces between a major construction site in Bridgwater and the M5 motorway.

Hallam Land Management and Persimmon Homes Severn Valley have been granted planning permission to deliver 2,000 homes between the A39 Bath Road and the Bristol railway line in Exeter – along with 1,200m² of retail space, leisure facilities , a new primary school and other facilities. Hallam successfully obtained outline permission in November 2020 to build up to 57 homes and a retail outlet on the corner of Ascot Drive and Kings Road, a short distance from the crucial A38 Bristol Road.

Persimmon has now applied for amended permission from Sedgemoor District Council, reducing the number of houses to 53. Much of the ‘north east Bridgwater allocation’, which has been identified in the council’s local plan, has already been delivered or is currently under construction.

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Council is expected to make decisions soon on two additional plots of land as part of the allotment, namely 98 houses south of the Willow Man sculpture and a further 77 houses on the site of the Sydenham Barn wedding venue. A further 80 low-cost homes are being delivered on the east side of King’s Road, following a £15million investment by Vistry Partnerships.

This newest site, to the northwest of the King’s Road roundabout, is close to the existing Mulberrys industrial unit and the main road to the Morrisons distribution centre. The homes will feature two to four bedrooms, with a planned landscaping buffer to minimize noise from the nearby railway line.

Of the 53 new homes planned for the site, 16 will be affordable – meeting the council’s target of 30% affordable housing for any new development of ten or more homes. A spokesman for Persimmon said: “The general layout and appearance of the proposed scheme…is considered to be in line with the rest of the Bridgwater development site, which is largely already built.

Plans of 53 homes on Kings Road in Bridgwater (Image: Persimmon Homes Severn Valley)

“It is considered that the proposed development quantum is appropriate for this plot of land and ensures that sufficient public open space and a landscaped buffer zone is provided. “The parking layout meets Somerset County Council parking standards with a average of two places per accommodation.”

The District Council is expected to make a decision on Persimmon’s latest plans by early summer. Separate proposals for the retail element of the site have not yet been presented; however, Tesco indicated in July 2021 that it was interested in opening a store on the site by the end of 2022.

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This notice was published: 2022-03-30 23:00:00

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