Plans for dozens of village homes put forward with promise of new play area

PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 April 2018

The proposed site off The Lerburne. Picture: Google

The proposed site off The Lerburne. Picture: Google

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Plans to build more than 50 homes in a Somerset village have been submitted.

Acorn Property Group wants to build 55 homes south of The Lerburne in Wedmore and has submitted a reserved matters application to Sedgemoor District Council.

The plans have been in the works for around three years with outline planning permission first granted to Wedmore Parish Council in March 2015 which has backed Acorn’s development in principle.

There is a drive to get more affordable housing developments in Wedmore, with 24 of the homes in this development earmarked as affordable.

The application’s planning statement says: “Careful consideration has been given to the design of the development by considering the village design statement to ensure it is in keeping with the character of the surrounding area.

“Moreover, the bespoke designed housetypes proposed in this application reflect the high-quality design that Acorn looks to deliver in the communities in which they build.

“The proposals provide for a mixture of dwelling types and tenures helping to create a balanced community.

“The proposal also provides significant benefits, most notably the delivery of 43.6 per cent affordable housing to help address some local affordable needs.

“The outline planning permission approved two access points into the site, the first from The Lerburne to the west of the site and the other off Combe Batch Rise to the south of the site,

“The approved access points also provide pedestrian and cycle links to and from the site.

“A pedestrian and cycle link is also proposed via the Borough Mall providing a clear and safe link to key services and amenities in the village.”

The development will be made up of properties ranging from one-bedroom flats to three or four-bedroom houses.

The layout of the site will include three distinct areas; Orchard Walk and Lerburne Gate, Borough View, and Combe Gate. There are also plans to create a children’s play area off Worthington Close to the north of the site using section 106 money.

Parking spaces for 148 vehicles are included in the plans while cycle storage will feature at each property.

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