Tameer Homes Limited has today submitted a Scoping Opinion Request to Somerset West and Taunton Council to determine the extent of the environmental information required to accompany the outline planning application that is due to be submitted for the redevelopment of the site.
The Council has been asked to consider a proposal that would involve the construction of up to 400 new dwellings; ten live / work incubator units; a residential care village with up to 160 sheltered apartments and a 60 bed retirement home; a new local centre; an aparthotel with associated leisure facilities; land for employment (use classes B1 and B2); a visitor / interpretation centre; community facilities; and a public car park. The proposal reflects comments and feedback from the public consultation event held in April 2019. The revised concept masterplan can be downloaded below.
The Council now has five weeks in which to consider the Scoping Opinion Request and provide its comments. The process, known as Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a means of of identifying and assessing the significant effects likely to arise from a proposed development. EIA is not required for all developments but given the nature of the industrial activities previously conducted on the former Wansbrough Paper Mill site, and the nature of the surrounding environment, it is more likely that an EIA is required.
The findings of the EIA process will eventually be set out in an Environmental Statement when the outline planning application is submitted to the Council.