WORK has begun to deliver the first phase of a housing development which will eventually see over 600 new homes built near Bridgwater.

The first phase of the building work in Wembdon will see 109 two, three, and four bedroom 'prestigious' homes built in the village, on the new development known as Centenary Heights.

The development, located at Cokerhurst Farm, is a collaborative project between Cavanna Homes and Martin Grant Homes.

It is confirmed that the site will feature a mixture of open market and affordable homes, with the marketing suite and first show home scheduled to open in early 2025.

Future phases will deliver up to 566 further homes subject to detailed planning approval.

Construction on the first phase began on Thursday, March 1, and was marked with a commemorative turf-cutting ceremony.

The event was attended by senior staff from both developers, including Cavanna Homes’ Group Managing Director, Grayham Tucker and Martin Grant Homes’ Chairman, Noel Grant.

Cavanna Homes’ Group Managing Director, Grayham Tucker, said: “Wembdon is a great location for this new development that we are proud to be bringing forward in collaboration with Martin Grant Homes.

“The village already has great facilities and is extremely well-placed within a thriving part of the Westcountry.

"There are excellent transport links to the M5 motorway, and the nearest railway station is just a couple of miles away. 

"We believe Centenary Heights will be a major asset to the area and help meet the housing needs in this part of Somerset.”

Mike Smith, Cavanna Homes Senior Development Manager said: “The development will include a number of green initiatives, including solar panels and community electric charging points available for use by all homeowners.

“High quality materials selected for their longevity, efficiency and performance will be used in the construction of the new homes, along with up-to-date and efficient building techniques that save energy and reduce waste.”

Richard Stibbs, Planning and Technical Director with Martin Grant Homes, said: "Together we are confident we can create a development that will be popular with home buyers and become a valuable part of the community in this area.”

Community contributions from this development have been allocated to Somerset Council.

The investment will pay for the provision of serviced land for a new two form entry primary school, and a commercial venture, potentially a shop or other business. 

Large areas of publicly accessible green space and equipped play areas will also be provided, and substantial monetary contributions will be made towards education, road and local bus service improvements and rights of way.