Somerset planning: Railway station works among latest new schemes

Taunton railway station
-Credit: (Image: Geof Sheppard)


Repairs to the entrance of a busy railway station, the conversion of offices into flats and new light industrial units are among the schemes people are trying to get planning permission for in Somerset. Every week, hundreds of planning applications are submitted to Somerset Council for determination – and we have selected some of the most interesting proposals.

Most plans will be decided by council planning officers, using their legally delegated powers, but some of the most significant or contentious will go before one of the council’s five planning committees. Planning committees are made up of elected councillors, but the decisions they make should be decided based on the council’s planning policies, not local politics.

Station Approach, Taunton

The existing condition of the roof on Taunton railway station
The existing condition of the roof on Taunton railway station

Taunton railway station has been the subject of significant recent investment, with Network Rail and Great Western Railway working together to deliver a new multi-storey car park off the A3087 Trenchard Way and revamping the southern entrance. Network Rail has now published plans to repair the roof and canopy at the far end of the southern entrance, near the entrance to the neighbouring Great Western Hotel.

The repairs will include the removal of dry rot within the timber beams, curing rising damp within the structure and replacing damaged tiles on the roof. The repairs are intended to preserve the station's heritage and attractive architecture, while preventing further damage - with the materials being used being similar to recent repairs at Bath Spa railway station.

If approval is granted, any work will be carried out without closing significant portions of the station.

Planning reference number: 38/24/0159/LB

A362 Vallis Road, Frome

Edwin Sims House on the A362 Vallis Road in Frome
Edwin Sims House on the A362 Vallis Road in Frome

Edwin Sims House lies just off the busy A362 Vallis Road in Frome and is currently used as office space by Aggregate Industries. Holloway Road AGG1 Ltd. has applied to convert the building into 20 one-bedroom flats, with a total of 31 car parking spaces being provided.

The adjoining Vallis House was converted into 31 flats using a similar permitted development application, making it more likely that these plans could be approved.

Planning reference number: 2024/0918/PED

Rectory Way, Lympsham

Entrance to the Batch Nurseries caravan park on Rectory Road in Lympsham
Entrance to the Batch Nurseries caravan park on Rectory Road in Lympsham

The Batch Nurseries caravan site is located on Rectory Way on the western edge of Lympsham, a stone's throw from the Bristol to Exeter railway line. PPM West Coast LLP has applied to enhance the existing 12 caravan or motor-home pitches within the site, providing better facilities for the existing clientèle.

The company will also create an additional 20 pitches, which will be served by a new laundry room, wash room and services block.

Planning reference number: 31/24/00005

B3227 Wiveliscombe Road, Cotford St. Luke

Oakfield Business Park off the B3227 Wiveliscombe Road in Cotford St. Luke
Oakfield Business Park off the B3227 Wiveliscombe Road in Cotford St. Luke

The Oakfield Business Park lies on the southern side of the B3227 Wiveliscombe Road near the village of Cotford St. Luke, a few miles to the west of Taunton. Caroline Taysom has applied to create an additional seven business units within the site, which will be predominantly be marketed for business storage.

The business park is expected to become more crucial to the community in the coming years, with more than 100 new homes expected to be delivered across two sites in the neighbouring village.

Planning reference number: 25/24/0009

Foldhill Lane, Martock

Entrance to Taepper Court Farm on Foldhill Lane in Martock
Entrance to Taepper Court Farm on Foldhill Lane in Martock

Taepper Court Farm lies on the northern side of Foldhill Lane just outside Martock, within walking distance of an approved development of 24 homes being delivered by Stonewater. Owner J. Tallamy has applied to convert three vacant barns in the northern part of the farm into a total of five new homes, with an additional barn being demolished.

The three barns to be converted are deemed to be "structurally sound", meaning if approval is granted that building work could begin in haste.

Planning reference number: 24/01188/PAMB

To comment on any of these applications (and others), visit www.somerset.gov.uk/planning-buildings-and-land/view-and-comment-on-a-planning-application.