A CONSULTATION on a potential 80 home development in a village near Taunton launched this week.

Hallam Land Management owns land north west of Dene Road, Cotford St Luke.

The company has created a masterplan of around 80 homes with electric vehicle charging points, a local centre (with a food shop, flexible working space and commercial units), public open space and community orchard or allotments.

They have also stated on the plan that 25 per cent of the homes will be affordable.

A spokesperson for Hallam Land Management said: "There are currently 28 families on the council’s affordable housing register that are in need of accommodation in Cotford St Luke.

"There are eight affordable dwellings planned to the east of North Villas, leaving a requirement for a further 20 affordable dwellings."

Hallam Land Management has said the site 'presents a number of opportunities' - especially as the village has not expanded much since the village was built.

"For example, the local primary school has a capacity of 300 pupils, and while it is currently at circa 90 per cent capacity, this is forecast to drop by 50+ pupils in the next 3-5 years," added the spokesperson.

"New residential development will allow more families to move to (or remain in) the area and sustain the primary school.

"The village has a range of local facilities, but further development could help facilitate an additional local centre with, for example, retail/commercial units, flexible working space and an electric car club."

Residents can comment on the consultation until July 23.

To give feedback on the plans, visit cotfordconsultation.co.uk/planning-consultation.