HOPCOTT Road in Minehead could be transformed if new plans for 71 new homes are given the green light.

An application has been submitted to West Somerset Council, asking for permission to create a mix of one, two, three and four-bedroom homes which will take the form of short terraces, semi-detached and detached homes.

In line with West Somerset Council policy, the proposal also includes 35 per cent affordable housing, or 25 units within the application.

A new road will be created and a public play area is also proposed

West Somerset Council has identified within its Local Plan that there is a need for 2,400 new homes within the district by 2032, and this site falls within the council's 'key strategic development allocation'.

The site is quite steep, with a slope of 25m from top to bottom.

The application states: "The Flood Risk Assessment identified that the site has a low risk of flooding. However as a result of the development, there would be an increase in surface water run-off from the hard roofs and surfaces, and this will be exacerbated by the sloping nature of the site.

"It is critical to the success of the proposals to adequately provide mitigation for this."

Originally to ponds were going to be installed on the land to provide attenuation for the extra water but further investigation has revealed this will not be adequate, and therefore a 'new drainage strategy is proposed, based on subterranean attenuation crates'.

To view the full application go to the planning section of the West Somerset Council website and search for application 3/21/17/119.

Minehead Town Council will give its view before the application goes before West Somerset Council's planning committee.