PLANS have been submitted for the second phase of a large housing development to the south of North Petherton.

This week developers E&O Holdings in partnership with Orme Architecture submitted an application for up to 130 homes to go on land to the east of the A38 Taunton Road, adjacent to Portman Drive.

Sedgemoor District Council has recently granted permission for 'Phase One' of the development, 75 homes close to the North Petherton Rugby Club with new access off the A38.

The site is approximately 4.4 hectares and comprises four separate fields currently used for agriculture.

If the development is given the green light, it will see up to 130 dwellings built which will be a mix of one, two, three and four-bedroom properties, with 30 per cent of the development allocated as affordable housing.

The main access to the second site will be a link with roads created during the first phase by Persimmon.

There are also plans for new green space to provide recreational play areas, and following discussions with an ecologist, the proposal has incorporated a 'Green Strategy', which aims to retain and enhance the existing hedgerows to help develop a 'green buffer zone'' to act as a wildlife corridor along the eastern boundary.

This would screen the heritage buildings from the site and increase biodiversity.

A spokesman for E&O Holdings said: "The development proposes to create a thriving self-sustaining community, and the design of houses will be a modern interpretation on the local character."