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.