Watchet housing plans to be unveiled

By in Planning

WATCHET residents will be able to have their say on a proposed major 250-home development in the town when plans for the scheme are unveiled to the public on Monday (May 22).

Summerfield Developments Ltd’s plans to build houses on a greenfield site at Liddymore Farm will be displayed at Watchet’s Phoenix Centre from 3.30pm to 7.30pm.

Consultants will be available to answer questions on the scheme, which has been under discussion since 2015.

A total of 150 homes were initially proposed on the 114-hectare site next to Knights Templar school which spreads over five fields to the south of Doniford Road between Normandy Avenue and Cherry Tree Way.

A spokesman for the developers said that outline planning permission for the new scheme will propose a mix of mainly two-storey homes with one, two, three or four bedrooms.

He said that 35 per cent would be provided as affordable housing.

The West Somerset Local Plan, finally adopted last November, stipulated that land should be found for 2,900 new homes to be built by 2032, the majority in Minehead, Williton and Watchet.

Liddymore Farm was identified by a Government inspector as a suitable site for development in 2015 when it was claimed that Watchet was an ideal location for housing growth with a good range of facilities and services.

As part of a public consultation for the original 150-home scheme, developers put forward ways of dealing with issues including a public right of way, a county wildlife site, protected trees and hedgerows, a badger sett, bats and wildlife habitat.

Comments from residents and organisations at the time ranged from recognising the need for more houses to worries about the future value of existing properties.