A BID to build more than 50 new homes in a South Somerset village needs residents to come forward with their thoughts.

The plans for a new development in Horton are in a pre-application consultation phase.

A public event was due to be held so residents could see a presentation from housing developer Galion, but had to be cancelled after the Rule of Six was introduced.

Instead, 600 leaflets from Galion have been delivered to homes across Horton and the developer has released a Youtube video presenting their early plans.

Charlotte Duff, clerk at Horton Parish Council, said: “About two or three months ago, a representative of Galion contacted the parish council to put some initial plans forward to try and work with the parish council.

“At the last few council meeting this has been discussed and the minutes sent to Galion.

“The parish council wanted a significant reduction in the number of houses. We have had four or five or six, but 50 houses in one hit is quite large.

“There are concerns about the number of schools places in Broadway and the infrastructure in the two villages.

“The council also specified they wanted to see more housing affordable for first time buyers, as well as some of the land joining the village hall to rear being used for a children’s play park.”

As well as helping to deliver the Galion leaflet, the parish council has sent a letter to residents with their thoughts on the plans at the moment.

The current consultation runs until the end of the month.

You can contact Galion representatives direct, you can email the council, or there is a box in the post office in Horton and the parish council chairman has been collecting responses every day.

The council clerk added: “We do believe Galion have considered some aspects of the council’s feedback, but the council still have serious concerns over the number of houses and the infrastructure needed.”

You can email your thoughts on the planning application to the parish council at hortonparishcouncil@gmail.com.

The developer said: “The proposed initial scheme consists of 38 market value and 20 shared ownership/affordable 2, 3, 4 and 5 bed homes.

“The site plan is still in its infancy and we are busy tweaking the layout to ensure the integrity of this stunning Somerset village is upheld.

“Our planning team will ensure that the application that is submitted for approval by the local planners is one which will be difficult to turn down.”