PLANS have been submitted to build 20 new affordable homes on the Old Tile Works site in Bridgwater.

Magna Housing has submitted the proposals for the site based off All Saints Terrace, which would include eight residential homes and 12 flats.

The site currently comprises three separate units, two of which are occupied by an MOT testing centre and car sales business respectively, and there are also two disused stands of garages on the site.

These would be demolished to make way for the new residential buildings.

Existing site access is problematic with conflict between pedestrians using the stepped access up to Westonzoyland Road.

It is proposed to relocate the site access with the introduction of a suitable bellmouth further south along Colley Lane.

A new footpath will be created to improve pedestrian access, while 28 car parking spaces are allocated within the layout.

There is a shortage of affordable housing across the Sedgemoor area, and particularly within Bridgwater.

In the application it states: "There is evidence to suggest that this situation is being exacerbated by the development of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.

"Hence, this scheme is being strongly supported by Sedgemoor District Council’s Housing Development Team.

"The rent levels will be set in line with existing target rents for social housing and will be allocated through the Homefinder Somerset choice-based lettings scheme."

To view the full application, visit the planning section of the Sedgemoor District Council website and search application number 08/19/00149.