PLANS to build six new family homes in Wilstock have been turned down this week.

The proposal put forward was to build six new four-bedroom homes on a small abandoned field located behind an old farmhouse at Viking Close in North Petherton, close to Rhode Lane.

The field is surrounded on three sides by Wilstock Village and the applicant previously received planning permission to demolish the dilapidated barn and build a nursery, with a residential flat above, widen the existing access, and create parking spaces and a pedestrian path.

The new nursery building is currently under construction.

However the new proposals for six homes, including three homes to be constructed by a local builder and sold on the open market, and three self-build plots, were rejected by Sedgemoor District Council.

Planning officers said the development would 'create inconvenience and hazards to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic', adding that there was restricted visibility at the proposed access junction, and that the close proximity to existing dwellings would represent 'an unacceptable relationship between the current and proposed homes'.