Summerfield Homes has secured permission to build 26 new homes, including affordable properties, in Middlezoy.
The Somerset based housebuilder has been given consent for the development on land off Back Lane, which will be Summerfield Homes first Net Zero Carbon project.
With new access and highways improvements as part of the scheme, the development will have a mix of one, two, three and four bedroom homes, of which a number will be handed over to a local housing association. This comes after a 2021 housing needs survey highlighted the requirement for more affordable homes in the area.
Not only will the development benefit from being a Net Zero scheme but also, each property will be constructed with the latest energy efficient features such as a renewable energy source, PV solar panels and shower saves. Summerfield Homes is also installing a variety of bird and bat boxes, bee bricks and hedgehog friendly fencing within the development for local wildlife to thrive in the area.
Planning permission was granted to Summerfield Homes on appeal after the planning committee turned it down. The application went to committee with the planning offices recommendation and no technical objection from highways or other consultees.
The village is accessible to travel routes including the A372 that goes to Bridgwater in approximately seven miles; Junction 24 of the M5 motorway in approximately nine miles and the A361 that goes to the County Town, Taunton in approximately 14 miles.
Commenting on the appeal decision, Ed Khodabandehloo, Managing Director at Summerfield Homes, said: ‘I’m very pleased that the Planning Inspectorate has made the decision in favour of our appeal. We submitted a policy compliant application that had no technical objections, full policy support and included ten affordable homes to meet part of a long-standing need for affordable housing identified within the village.
“We are delighted with the outcome and look forward to returning to Middlezoy to build these properties in what is a very desirable Somerset village.”