NEW council houses are to be built in Minehead for the first time in 30 years - and residents are being urged to have their say on the plans.

A budget for the 54 zero carbon rented homes at Rainbow Way (off Seaward Way) was approved by Somerset West and Taunton Council (SWT) recently and work is now progressing on the plans.

Now, residents are being asked to give their opinions on the proposals in a survey starting today (January 4) and running until January 15.

Comments will help inform the planning application which will then be submitted for consideration with the aim of starting the two-year build in summer 2021, the council said.

The scheme will include 10 two-bedroom houses, seven three-bedroom houses and two four-bedroom houses, along with 17 one-bed and 15 two-bed apartments.

There will also be one wheelchair-adapted two-bed apartment and two wheelchair-adapted chalet bungalows.

The apartments will all have balconies, some with sea views, and there will be a play area in the centre of the development.

The homes will be built using the latest innovations in environmentally friendly construction and design, making them very energy efficient, the council said, while the site will be fossil fuel free, with hot water and central heating supplied primarily using on-site renewable sources. Charge points for electric vehicles will also be provided.

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Executive member for housing at SWT, Cllr Fran Smith, said: “SWT has committed to delivering 1,000 new homes across the district over the next 30 years providing more housing to suit different members of the community.

“The development at Minehead is one of our first social rented housing schemes in the area for many years.

“I would urge anyone with an interest to have their say and help us shape this exciting development of affordable and energy-efficient housing which will make a real difference to the quality of life for some of our residents.”

The consultation can be found online at

There will be further opportunity to comment through the usual planning process when the planning application is submitted.