Sainsbury’s look to build 60 houses in tourist village

PUBLISHED: 08:00 09 June 2018 | UPDATED: 13:28 09 June 2018

Steart Farm. Picture: Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd

Steart Farm. Picture: Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd

Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd

A site once earmarked for a new supermarket could be transformed into a housing estate.

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd has asked for outline planning permission to build a 60-home development at Steart Farm, off Wedmore Road, in Cheddar.

The plans will see farm buildings and storage facilities demolished to make way for the two and three-bedroom houses.

Sainsbury’s got the green light from Sedgemoor District Council to build a supermarket on the site in 2014 – only to pull the plug on the scheme a year later saying it was no longer viable as shopping habits were changing.

The company’s head of town planning and transport, Bruno Moore, said in the planning letter: “The proposal seeks to provide primarily two and three bedroom houses which are required across the district, including within Cheddar, as identified in the council’s latest strategic housing marketing assessment.

“The proposal includes 30 per cent affordable units on the site.”

While aspects of the development have not yet been revealed, Sainsbury’s plan includes an access point to the larger section of the housing estate to serve as the main entrance.

Mr Moore added: “The second access is proposed along the south eastern boundary of Steart Triangle and is proposed to allow access to the remaining undeveloped land within this site, which is not within our ownership, should this come forward for development in the future.”

Mr Moore says the development will deliver a ‘sustainable residential development’ for Cheddar which is accessible to the village’s facilities and employment.

The design and access statement lays out the objectives of the application which hopes to create a ‘well landscaped site’ which will protect and enhance the area as well as deliver a ‘high standard of design’ for the individual houses.

The Steart Farm plans also include space for shared parking and a play park.

This is the latest application to be put to Sedgemoor for Cheddar following the 90-house Bloor Homes development which is currently under construction, the 67 and 110-home proposed developments in Helliers Lane and at Round Oak Farm as well as additional plans for Steart Bushes and Lower New Road.

To comment on the plans, visit www.sedgemoor.gov.uk and search 17/18/00034 in the council’s planning portal.

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