COULD Watchet be set for another 139 new homes on land south of Doniford Road?

The town looks set to rapidly expand as this new application follows hard on the heels of another application submitted earlier this year for 250 homes on land at Liddymore Farm.

The latest application for homes off Doniford Road will include one and two bed apartments, two, three and four bedroom houses and bungalows.

Grass Roots Planning Ltd submitted the application to West Somerset Council for the 10 hectares of agricultural land which comprises five fields that cross Normandy Avenue. The plan states that 35 per cent will be designated as affordable housing.

However since being available to view on the West Somerset Council website, six comments have come in from Watchet residents opposing to the development.

One resident comments: “The proposal for yet more housing and the increase in population of both people and vehicles will put undue strain on infrastructure already barely adequate to sustain the local population. This is particularly so as regards provision of doctors, NHS services, education services and public transport.

Another states: “Once more the council and housing developers are attacking green field sites in the area. We are struggling with a lack of capacity in healthcare and education this area has been bombarded with new builds over the last few years I bought my home because it was in a quiet rural area this is now becoming a joke.