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SOMERSET: 90 Glastonbury homes

SOMERSET: 90 Glastonbury homes

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Nearly 100 new homes could be sandwiched between two sets of Somerset allotments if outline proposals are accepted.

Waddeton Park Ltd. has submitted plans to build 90 houses on land west of Lowerside Lane at the northern edge of Glastonbury, not far from the busy A39 Wells Road.

The Exeter-based developer argues the site can deliver a high-quality development to “provide much needed new housing for Glastonbury and the wider Mendip area.”

Mendip District Council is expected to make a decision on the plans in early-2022.

The site between two existing sets of allotments, a short distance from both Glastonbury Football Club’s ground on Godney Road and Tor Rugby Club on Lowerside Lane itself.

Under the proposals, both sets of allotments will be preserved, with a new solitary access being created onto Lowerside Lane and 218 car parking spaces being provided on-site.

Pedestrian access will also be provided onto Common Moor Drove, not far from the Butler Carnival Park where the town’s annual carnival carts are constructed and stored.

Of the 90 homes being proposed, 27 will be affordable, meeting the council’s target of 30 per cent affordable homes for any new development of ten houses or more.

A spokesman for Clifton Emery Design (representing the applicant) said: “The development at Lowerside Lane seeks to establish the basis for a residential scheme that is characterised by its location, green and leafy environment, open spaces and a broad range of family homes.

“We want to create a diverse neighbourhood which enables a strong sense of community to become established, a setting for sustainable and healthy lifestyles… an environment characterised by attractive green spaces… and a place that is well connected to local facilities.

“Overall, the proposed development represents a sensible proposition in an appropriate location. It will provide much needed new housing for Glastonbury and the wider Mendip area.”

The site is not included in either the council’s original Local Plan or the Local Plan Part II, the latter of which is expected to be formally adopted before Christmas.

The Local Plan Part II instead identifies the eastern allotments on Lowerside Lane for a minimum of 50 dwellings, describing it as “one of the few viable options to provide for the housing needs of the town”.

The document further argues the allotment site would serve as “a logical extension to the adjoining large site”, where Keepmoat Regeneration and the Sanctuary Housing Association are delivering 133 new homes.

The development’s proposals for  Lowerside Lane do not envision any connection between the two housing estates, with the sites being currently separated by a rhyne.

The council is expected to make a decision on the Lowerside Lane proposals by the spring of 2022.

The developer recently submitted plans for a further 270 homes at the other end of the district, on the A367 Green Park Road on the edge of Midsomer Norton, with a decision on these proposals also expected early in the new year.

Words: Daniel Mumby, Local Democracy Reporter


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