Proposed Affordable Housing Development, Wiveliscombe 
- Community Consultation Results


Our development at Wiveliscombe 

SCCLT took on a disused brownfield site in Wiveliscombe in 2021, with the ambition to build affordable homes to meet local housing needs, and bring the brownfield site back into use. 

With any development we undertake, we work closely with the community. The Wiveliscombe development scheme is no different. To ensure the voices from the community are heard, throughout January 2022, we went out into the community to ask the residents of Wiveliscombe their opinions. We aimed to hear from as many people as possible by offering different ways for people to engage, including surveys and public events. 

We are a community-led organisation, and this makes us accountable to the community we serve. 

Summary 

The goal of these activities was to hear the community's views on:

  • The proposed affordable housing development and community enterprise hub; plus 
  • An electric vehicle (EV) car-sharing scheme.

The feedback gained has given us an understanding of support for the scheme, along with an understanding of the communities. We are grateful to everyone who engaged with us and shared their feedback and insights. 

Overall, slightly more people were in favour of the development. However, there were concerns, including the:

  • Demand for car parking and road safety; 
  • Visual impact of the scheme on this prominent location; and
  • Environmental sustainability of the scheme. 

Click here to read the full report, and to find out how we have adjusted plans after hearing the community's opinions. 

Next steps: 

Affordable housing development 

Having listened to community concerns we are revising our plans and aim to submit the scheme for detailed Planning approval at the end of June 2022. Once submitted Somerset West and Taunton Council will invite the community to submit their feedback.

We will put the updated plans on our website.

We will continue to liaise with Wiveliscombe Town Council and keep them informed.

EV car club 

After a postive repsonce, we are continuing to investigate the EV car club proposal and we would like to further understand the community support and needs for this. To tell us what you think, please take 5-10 minutes to complete our survey. Click here to find out more and have your say. 

If you would like to discuss anything further, please contact:

landtrust@somerset.coop

0300 456 2265