A WOODED lane in a small Somerset village could see new homes built along it.

Wood Lane and Clevedon Lane meet in the heart of Clapton-in-Gordano, just across the road from village’s pub and red telephone box.

Now, a permission in principle application seeks to build five houses on the corner.

The potential development site consists of trees and scrubland.

It is designated as a “site of nature conservation interest”.

The developers argue that, despite falling within the green belt, the houses should be considered to be infilling a gap in the village.

Stokes Morgan, the planning agents for the applicant David Withers, said in a statement submitted with the application: “The bulk of the site is surrounded by existing residential development, and it falls within the heart of the village, in close proximity to the village pub.”

Granting permission in principle would mean that North Somerset Council accepts that it is an acceptable site for the proposed amount of development.

The developer would then need to apply separately for “technical details consent,” to get permission for the specifics of the scheme.

Ecological issues, such as the impact on bats, would be detailed at the technical details stage. Stokes Morgan said that development could impact bat roosting and commuting, but that alternative bat roosting facilities could be provided.

Although specifics will be decided later, a “sketch layout” of how the homes could look shows a new lane coming off Wood Lane to provide access to the homes.

Trees are shown to remain along the side of the road, with the houses having gardens to the rear.

North Somerset Council will aim to decide whether to grant permission in principle by October 19.

You can view and comment on the application on the North Somerset Council planning portal (reference 23/P/1924/PIP).