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Riverton Road

Land to the north of Riverton Road - Puriton - Somerset - TA7 8BP

We have received planning permission for a new development of 49 homes on land to the north of Riverton Road, Puriton.

  • Land off Riverton Road

    We have been granted planning permission for a development of 49 high-quality homes on land to the north of Riverton Road in Puriton.

    We held a public consultation for our proposed scheme in December 2012 at Puriton Parish Hall, giving local people the opportunity to find out more about what we are planning for the site and provide their feedback.

    Following this public consultation, we submitted a planning application to Sedgemoor District Council in July 2013. Following further discussions with the council we submitted a revised application in mid-2014, and this received formal approval from the local authority in March 2015.

    You can view our approved planning application by [visiting Sedgemoor District Council’s online planning pages][link to http://www.sedgemoor.gov.uk/planning_online/(S(r3kadnkwpyohrgrasah2rwui))/default.aspx] (Search planning reference 42/14/00016).

  • The Development Site

    The proposed development site covers an area of approximately 2.66 hectares and comprises three fields of mainly grassland.

    The land is identified within Sedgemoor District Council’s Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (2009) as a potential site for a residential development of approximately 67 homes.

    The site is located on the western edge of the Puriton settlement area and is confined to the west by the M5 corridor, with existing residential properties in Riverton Road bordering the site to the south and housing in Newlyn Crescent situated immediately to the east.

    Running alongside the northern boundary of the site is a track known as Church Field Lane, with farmland lying beyond this to the north. Hedgerow and trees are located within the site and also screen the site at its northern and western edges.

    Overhead power lines cross the north-western corner of the site, which limits development in this area but creates an opportunity for public open space to be established within the scheme.

    Access to the site would be alongside 24 Riverton Road, providing a direct route to the A39 and junction 23 of the M5 and pedestrian/cycle connections to the centre of the village, which offers a range of amenities including a church, a pub, a post office, local shops, a primary school and bus services to Bridgwater, Wells and Weston-super-Mare.

    There is also potential for the Church Field Lane footpath to provide a direct pedestrian link from the site to Puriton’s sports centre, which is located to the east at the other end of this route.


  • Our Proposals

    Following a detailed site assessment and discussions with Sedgemoor District Council and Puriton Parish Council, we developed three potential layout concept options for the proposed Riverton Road scheme offering alternative solutions to the various constraints of the site. These were presented to the local community during a pre-application public consultation in 2012. We are currently reviewing the planning application. The following elements will be retained in a revised planning application during 2014:

    • 40% affordable housing
    • A mix of 2, 3 & 4 bedroom properties
    • Vehicle and pedestrian access alongside 24 Riverton Road
    • Public open space at north-west and centre of site
    • Informal play area within central open space
    • Pedestrian access to Church Field Lane
    • Traffic calming measures on access road
    • New pedestrian crossing on Riverton Road
    • Existing trees and hedgerow retained where possible
    • New planting at eastern and south-western boundaries to act as a buffer for neighbouring properties
    • Sustainable drainage swale at the north-west of the site to manage surface water run-off



  • Local Contributions

    Should our planning application be approved, we will provide a number of contributions towards the local community as part of the proposed Riverton Road development. Details of these contributions will be agreed with the relevant local authorities at a later stage.

  • Development Timeline

    March 2015 – Planning permission received

    Mid-2014 - New application submitted

    October 2013 - Planning application withdrawn 

    July 2013 - Planning application submitted

    December 2012 – Public consultation held