JB Planning Associates have today submitted amended plans to Somerset West and Taunton Council for the mixed-use redevelopment of the former Wansbrough Paper Mill site in Watchet.
The revised plans for this major brownfield site propose the construction of up to 350 new dwellings including a mixture of houses and flats, up to 80 sheltered and assisted living apartments, a new local centre comprising a shop and café, apart-hotel with associated leisure facilities; new employment area proposing up to 5,000 sq metres of B1 (Use Class E from 1 Sept 2020) and B2 business floorspace, a visitor/interpretation centre and a public car park.
The outline planning application was originally submitted in August 2019. The amended plans follow on from representations made by technical consultees and local stakeholders. Discussions have also been held with the Council’s Planning and Urban Design Officers with the Council’s published design guidance helping to inform the amended scheme.
Commenting on the revised plans, JB Planning’s Head of Urban Design said “we are very pleased with the latest scheme which we believe will engender a strong sense of place and public realm for this important brownfield site in Watchet; the revised Illustrative Block Masterplan is founded on good placemaking principles and also references the recently published Somerset West and Taunton Design Guide”.
The Council will now be reconsulting on the revised outline proposals with a formal recommendation to the Planning Committee later this year.