PLANS to add an extra 142 homes to the north of Chard have been submitted, just metres from designs for a new football stadium.

News broke last week about plans to develop 295 houses, a football ground, and two other football pitches on land north of Thorndun Park Drive.

Now, the News has found that an additional 142 homes could be built on the northern edge of the town as well.

This second application has come forward on a site which has also seen plans rejected in the past.

Previously, designs for 110 homes were rejected following an appeal by developer, Barratt Homes.

The newest plans would see 142 homes built on the same site - a 29 per cent increase on what was previously rejected.

The new full application was submitted by Origin3 on behalf on Barratt Homes.

In addition to the 142 homes, the developers would build access roads, drainage and attenuation, a play area, open space, and landscaping.

A spokesman for Origin3 said: “The application area is a green field site adjacent to the northern settlement boundary of Chard.

“There are no significant constraints on site that would prohibit development, such as ecological or historical designations.

“A previous application on this site was refused at appeal on June 3, 2015.

“The application was considered at appeal together with an unrelated, much larger application from a separate applicant on land directly adjacent to the north.”

This ‘larger application’ was the original design for Mount Hindrance, which included 350 homes and the sports pitches.

The spokesman added: “The site is currently being promoted in the South Somerset Local Plan Review Issues and Options publication report to deliver around 110 dwellings.

“The council’s absence of a five-year housing land supply and Chard’s recent under-delivery should be considered as important in determining this planning application.”

Origin3 also highlights anger at plans to the south of the town, which is supposed to be Chard’s preferred direction of development.

A new access road would be created from Crimchard to the west of the application site.

The road will provide access through the development.