Somerset

South Somerset District Council's 16,000 new homes plan

A plan to build 16,000 new homes across South Somerset over the next 16 years are being discussed by councillors.

South Somerset District Council has outlined areas for housing growth until 2028 in its core strategy.

The strategy is a blueprint for jobs and housing growth. Almost half of the new homes, 7,800, will be built in Yeovil.

About 3,500 homes will be built in smaller market towns and the rest in villages, the council has proposed.

Buffer zone

In Yeovil, about 2,500 new homes will be constructed around the south and west of the town in the Yeovil Urban Extension, if the plan is approved.

An East and North Coker buffer zone will also be considered.

Although the north and west town options for Yeovil were investigated, this option has been discounted because of transport problems, the council said.

It would mean greater reliance on travelling by car and has no adequate bus or cycle links.

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