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Yeovil eco-town plans focus on three locations

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The scheme would include 40% open space and zero carbon homes

Three areas south of Yeovil have been identified as possible search locations for a new 5,000-home "eco-town."

South Somerset District Council secured £1.5m of government funding to carry out a feasibility study for the new energy-efficient housing development.

Keyford, Brympton and Over Compton in the south, south east and south west were put forward as broad search areas.

The criteria for the development includes 40% open space, zero carbon homes and good green transport links.

Councillor Peter Seib, portfolio holder for economic development, planning and transport, said Yeovil needed more homes to cater for a growing need for housing, employment and facilities.

Wider consultation

"This isn't a small task as we are planning for an average of 1.3% growth to Yeovil per year, but we will ensure this is a development with excellent transport links, employment, sustainable homes and so on," he said.

"We will now collate the initial feedback from the town and parish councillors so that we can begin work on looking at the three suggested search areas and planning much wider consultation on these as part of our work to develop the overall plan for the area.

"These initial suggestions have not been confirmed or considered at all by district councillors or the general public yet - this is the task for us over the next six months or so."

Some of the £1.5m government grant, awarded to the council earlier this week, is also being used to plan a town centre eco-development of 400 homes.

Yeovil also has a smaller project at Foundry House of 40 energy-efficient homes.

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