Lack of viable brownfield sites is obliging developers to look increasingly at town fringes for much needed new housing projects.
That’s according to Rob Anthony at Bruton Knowles, who says while communities are in need of significant numbers of new homes, they are running out of derelict industrial or old office space to build them.
And Chard in Somerset is typical of the trend – with land between Tatworth Road and Forton Road the latest to be brought forward for new homes.
The L shaped parcel of farmland amounts to almost 21 acres and has outline permission for up to 200 homes with 35 per cent of them being affordable.
Rob Anthony from Bruton Knowles said: “Chard has been identified for considerable expansion over the coming decade and this site is one of the best and first to be brought forward.
“The land sits between existing residential development to the north and east. Whilst it is within the growth area it is one of the first sites to be brought forward prior to the delivery of new road infrastructure coming to town.”
The town has a population of around 13,000 and is situated mid-way between Taunton and the South coast – both are within a half-hour drive.
The Section 106 agreement is likely to include a requirement to provide 35 per cent affordable housing and the scheme will make combined financial contributions towards education, arts, community hall, youth facilities and sports changing rooms in the order of £1.9 million.