New homes at Kings Down, Bridgwater – outline planning approved

An application for up to 80 new homes at the Kings Down estate, in Bridgwater has been approved by Sedgemoor District Council. The proposal was made by Homes England, the government’s housing agency, with support from the urban design and masterplanning team at LHC Design, and from by PBA, now part of Stantec.

The outline planning application for the redevelopment land, on part of the former Innovia Films cellophane factory site, includes affordable housing and the potential for modern methods of construction.

The two hectare site will offer a mix of high quality new homes, areas of open space and local playground improvements. It also offers close proximity to existing employment opportunities, local services and transport links, providing easy access for locals to the nearby Bridgwater town centre.

Lisa Broom, Development Manager at Homes England said:

At Homes England, we’re committed to increasing the supply of affordable housing where it’s most needed. Working together with PBA to secure approval for up to 80 new homes in Bridgwater, we will provide much needed homes for the local community, 30 per cent of which are affordable.

Commenting on the announcement, Mary Crew, PBA Associate, said:

This is another great result for Homes England. These plans will not only see the delivery of affordable homes and housing opportunities for first-time buyers, but will also create a safe, green environment that encourages sustainable transport options, like walking and cycling. We are particularly pleased to have been involved in the design of this scheme which supports modern methods of construction (MMC), with the aim of providing high quality housing while speeding up the delivery of new homes.

Measures to benefit local biodiversity, including provision for birds, bats, invertebrates, bees and hedgehogs, has also been included in the buildings and local landscaping.

LHC Design has worked with Homes England and PBA on several local schemes including the recently approved redevelopment of the former CeramTec factory in Colyton, Devon.