Dozens of new homes planned for small village near Yeovil

Dozens of new homes could be built in a small village near Yeovil if new plans are approved.

The Dowding family won planning permission in November 2018 to build 28 new homes on Vagg Lane in Chilthorne Domer, north of The Carpenters Arms pub.

Magna Housing acquired the site in July 2021 and has now submitted revised plans for the same number of homes.

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South Somerset District Council is expected to make a decision on the new plans in early spring.

The site is at the east end of the village, a short distance from the key site of Brimsmore at the north-west end of Yeovil, where over 900 homes will ultimately be delivered.

Access to the site will be from Vagg Lane to the east of the pub boundary, with an attenuation pond being constructed at the north end of the site to reduce the risk of flooding for new and existing residents from the village.

Plans for 28 houses on Vagg Lane in Chilthorne Domer

An existing footpath crossing the site will be maintained, providing a pedestrian link between the new houses and the local primary school.

Magna Housing, which is based in Dorchester, has set itself the target of delivering between 200 and 300 new homes a year over the next decade.

Of the 28 homes planned for the site, 13 will be affordable – exceeding the council’s target of 35% affordable housing for any new development of ten or more homes.

A spokesman for Intelligent Land (representing the claimant) said: ‘The proposal responds to its setting, offers a mix of house types and tenures which will provide a range of accommodation suitable for its outskirts of the location of the colony by incorporating well-located green space and a significant landscape buffer zone, which also allows for the enhancement of biodiversity.

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“Magna Housing is acutely aware of the need to avoid the separation of private and affordable housing into ‘enclaves’, as is often seen in new developments.

“Although the development contains traditionally built homes, almost 70% of the units on the site will be modular, which is seen as a significant benefit both for carbon emissions and speed of delivery.”

The board is expected to make a decision on the plans in early spring.

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