Independent, family-owned developer C G Fry & Son, welcomed the decision by the local Town Council to support outline planning application to build 330 new homes with 35% affordable housing on land at Shudrick Lane, Ilminster.
The application site is located in a sustainable location, directly adjoining the existing settlement boundary and within walking distance of the town centre.
David Lohfink, Land and Planning Director said: “We welcome the council’s support for this site.It’s clear that they feel this scheme is needed and represents local opinion. The site presents a real opportunity for us to deliver a high quality and walkable new neighbourhood, capable of delivering significant social, economic and environmental benefits for Ilminster.”
The planning application proposes a total of around 1.6 million towards a package of youth and community facilities throughout the area. Projects highlighted in the proposals include contributions towards a new artificial pitch and community hall in Ilminster and funding for improvements to Chard swimming pool.Contributions totalling over 1.2 million will also be made available for pre-school places and Ilminster’s primary and middle school.
Going forward the planning application will be determined by the South Somerset District Council Area West planning committee.
Mr Lohfink comments: “In our view this scheme is commensurate to the role and function of Ilminster as a primary market town with substantial Section 106 benefits for the town and the wider area, including Chard.”