PLANS to build eight new homes with parking on land off Canal Way in Ilminster have been given permission by South Somerset District Council.
Robert Doak has been awarded approval to go-ahead with the project on land to the east of units at Broadoak in Canal Way.
The development will consist of a mix of five three-bedroom and three two-bedroom flats in a mix of two and three storey properties.
There will also be a total of 17 car parking spaces along with bin storage and recycling area.
Ilminster Town Council has already supported the application, saying the site had been marketed for about ten years as industrial/employment land but had received no interest.
The site is already next to some industrial units in Broadoak Park – including the Cheekie Monkeys children’s nursery. Alison Jeffery, from the nursery, told the council: “The proposed development would be a vast improvement to the waste ground that it currently is.
“We would no longer have problems with overgrowing bushes growing over into our side access and the whole look of the area would improve significantly.
“Any new housing developments designed for families can only help the sustainability of my business.
“The local manufacturing businesses do not have any adverse effect on the running of my business currently and I’m sure this would be the same for any potential residents of the new houses. Any dust and noise from these businesses is minimal.”
The district council made the decision to award planning permission for the housing development on Friday, March 31st.