The public has been urged to contribute to a survey being drawn up by West Somerset Council identifying potential sites for new housing.

Colliers International planning expert Marcus Plaw said landowners and other stakeholders were being asked to identify sites of more than a third of an acre or which have the potential to deliver five or more homes.

Marcus Plaw said: “The council is compiling information to inform a report which will identify potential housing land to meet the council’s land supply requirements. This ‘Call for Sites’ will be used to update its Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA).

“The survey is looking to identify sites within a town or village, or land close to such settlements but excluding the Exmoor National Park. We would encourage the public to engage with this process which will speed the production of a new Local Plan and which will have a fundamental effect on new development and the future growth patterns within the district. 
“It is important to understand that a positive response to a site submission does not mean that the land will be allocated for development. However, it does assist greatly in the Council’s understanding of the land that is available, has potential and could subsequently be promoted for a land allocation in the local plan or, indeed an early planning application to secure its development.”

The consultation process runs until March 14.