PLANS have been submitted to build 80 new homes on land close to Bridgwater's iconic Willow Man.

The development would be the latest addition to the Kings Down estate and the two hectare site close to Morrisons Distribution Centre near J23 of the M5 is part of the former Innovia Films cellophane factory which closed in 2005.

The site is currently subject to a larger committed outline consent constituting the North-East Bridgwater Urban Extension.

The site is allocated for employment use within the consented masterplan, however interest has failed to materialise since permission was granted in 2010.


The land was then purchased as part of the Government Agency Homes England which aims to deliver a mix of high quality open market and affordable housing, which 'will be designed to support rapid delivery through the use of modern construction methods'.

Included in the plan would be 26 two-bedroom apartments, four two-bed flats over garages, 29 two-bedroom homes, 18 three-bedroom homes and three four-bedroom homes.

A spokesman for Homes England said: "The layout has been designed to provide good sunlight to living and garden spaces while providing active frontages to the public areas and open space.


"The layout seeks to create a safe, attractive and low-speed environment for people to comfortably walk and cycle within the scheme."

The site will be accessed via the existing access junction.

To view the full application head to planning section of the Sedgemoor District Council website and search for the planning application 09/19/00001.