APPROVAL has been given for a total of 354 new homes to be built on the southern side of the A39 in Bridgwater.
The development, to the west of the town cemetery, will be opposite a further 675 homes and a primary school on the other side of the road.
The plans, put forward by Persimmon Homes Severn Valley, were approved by Sedgemoor council’s development committee which held a virtual meeting on Tuesday.
However the council has insisted that a new junction, with signals, must be completed before a single home on the southern side is built.
The first phase of the development, comprising 114 homes at the eastern end of the site, will include the new junction and a play area.
The second phase, consisting of 240 homes, will see the estate road through the site extended to the west, with a multi-use games area also being provided.
More than £2.2m will be provided by Persimmon Homes towards the new primary school on the northern side of Quantock Road, which could provide schooling for up to 420 pupils.
Up to £4m has been set aside for this school by the northern development, with Somerset County Council at “an advanced stage” of negotiations.
Both sides of Quantock Road are allocated within the council’s Local Plan, with a view to providing up to 1,200 new homes by 2032.
The Quantock Road site is one of several developments which will be unlocked as a result of the council’s planned £4.7m upgrade to the Dunball roundabout, which connects the town centre to the M5 via the A38 Bristol Road.
The council’s executive committee approved plans to borrow money for the upgrade in late January, but a start date has not yet been confirmed.