The aim of this website is to provide useful information for residents of Doniford and surrounding areas about the proposed plan for housing development on land south of Doniford Road and Normandy Avenue in Watchet, West Somerset.
We are always ready to listen to suggestions about what facts we can usefully add and corrections to any details we have already included.
The story so far . . .
On 21st January 2016 residents of the housing estate known locally as Liddymore Camp received through their letterboxes an A4 leaflet giving brief details of a proposed development of 150 houses and asking them to respond to the proposal by 6th February 2016.
South West Strategic Developments set up a website www.eastwatchet.co.uk to receive comments.
A couple of small meetings were organised by local residents to discuss how they should register their comments on the proposal.
On 2nd February 2016 we had flooding in Doniford!
On 9th February 2016 this website and Facebook page were launched.
In May 2017 house builders Summerfield held a public exhibition at The Phoenix Centre, Watchet of their proposals for a housing development at Liddymore Farm CLICK HERE.
Summerfield said "The District Council identified Liddymore Farm as a suitable early release housing site on 16 December 2015. Following an examination of the Local Plan an independent, Government-appointed Inspector specifically identified in his report that development of the site for housing would be consistent with the strategy of the Plan".
In September 2017 Summerfield made their outline planning application for up to 250 homes CLICK HERE and enter the reference 3/37/17/020.
In October 2017 South West Strategic Developments, Mr A Ross and Mrs M Ross made their planning application for 139 homes CLICK HERE and enter the reference 3/37/17/019.
On 23rd November 2017 Watchet Town Council voted to oppose the planning application CLICK HERE.
In January 2018 West Somerset District Council conditionally granted permission to Summerfield for their outline planning application for up to 250 homes. CLICK HERE and enter the reference 3/37/17/020
15th January 2019. New plans for the planning application for 139 homes were published on the West Somerset District Council website showing no road access to the north of Normandy Avenue CLICK HERE and enter the reference 3/37/17/019.
In February 2019 West Somerset District Council conditionally granted permission to Wyndham Estates for their outline planning application for up to 90 homes in Williton. CLICK HERE and enter the reference 3/39/18/009.
The outline planning application for 139 homes reference 3/37/17/019 was to be considered at the Planning Committee meeting on 3rd October 2019 with the recommendation of the Planning Officer that permission should be granted. The committee decided to defer a decision pending a site visit. CLICK HERE to see the minutes of the meeting.
A site visit took place on 14th October 2019.
The planning application was again on the agenda for the meeting of 24th October 2019. The planning application was approved.