Housing plans for Yeovil scaled back

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Plans for thousands of new homes near Yeovil have been scaled back after recommendations from a planning inspector.

South Somerset District Council now wants to build 800 houses at East Coker and 765 at Upper Mudford.

Original plans were for 2,500 houses at East Coker over the next 15 years as part of the council's local plan.

The plans are due to be put before the council's cabinet on Thursday and will then go out to consultation.

Martin Sowerbutt from the East Coker Preservation Trust said: "It's a step in the right direction, but there are still a number of concerns that the planning inspector expressed which haven't been fully addressed by the council yet.

"We will submit fairly substantial objections during the consultation period."

Deputy leader of the council, Tim Carroll, said the council had spent six months looking at the most favourable sites for housing in the area.

He said: "We have looked at all areas around Yeovil and come up with these two sites. Other sites that were put forward by representatives of East Coker have been dismissed on landscape grounds."

If the proposals are accepted by the council's executive they will go out to consultation before being submitted to a government inspector.

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