Countryside continues South West expansion with two new sites in Somerset

Somerset development

Countryside, the UK’s leading mixed-tenure developer, has acquired two new sites in Somerset, one in Bridgwater and another in Highbridge, marking further positive steps in the company’s growth ambitions for the South West where it is already making progress at its Bath site, Sulis Down.

Countryside, proffering over 60 years’ experience in creating sensitive and sustainable communities, will deliver 260 new homes at the Bower Farm site in Bridgwater and 248 homes at Isleport Lane in Highbridge.

The new homes at the Bower Farm site will comprise of 2 to 4-bedroom properties, of which 30% will be affordable. Located on the eastern edge of Bridgwater, the site is well-connected with transport links that provide easy access to the town centre and the M5. 

The proposed scheme at Isleport Lane will bring 74 new affordable homes to the site. Located on the eastern fringe of Highbridge, the site is just north of Bridgwater and in close proximity to the M5 Junction 22 interchange, opening up access for residents to the South West. Countryside are committed to building healthy and sustainable communities and have incorporated local play areas and a community hub building into the design of the scheme.

These acquisitions mark another positive step for Countryside’s ambitious development plans across the region, where they are already working to deliver new homes at its flagship Sulis Down development in Bath. The 16.4 acre site was acquired with full planning permission in 2019, with residents set to benefit from 171 new homes, 40% of which will be affordable. Designed with natural Bath Stone, the development will offer a range of two-bedroom apartments, two-bedroom flats over garages and two, three, four and five-bedroom houses. 

Work to enhance the local ecology has also been placed at the forefront of the Sulis Down scheme. Countryside have worked closely with wildlife consultants, Bath and NE Somerset Council, and Natural England to implement ecological measures to safeguard wildlife ahead of undertaking wider construction work at the site later this year.

Darren Dancey, Managing Director, South West, Countryside, comments:

“We are extremely proud to have acquired two new sites in Bridgwater and Highbridge. These schemes will bring much-needed high-quality homes to Somerset and we look forward to starting work on site next year.”

“These developments are testament to our commitment to the area. As a business, delivering sustainable communities that people love is etched in our DNA, and our latest site acquisitions are another positive step for Countryside as we expand our footprint in the South West region.”