NEARLY 40 homes could be built on a farm shop on the main road between Taunton and Bridgwater after an appeal was lodged.

Beechcroft Land Ltd applied in February to build 39 homes on the site of the Carrotts Farm shop, located off the A38 Bridgwater Road in North Petherton near Bridgwater.

Sedgemoor District Council turned down the plans in May, arguing the land was outside the town boundary and would negatively impact nearby listed buildings.

The developer has now lodged an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate, meaning the decision could be overturned early next year.

The farm shop has been in business for 36 years, with owner Tony Carrott reporting in February that he was planning to retire, and the shop would close once planning permission was granted for this development.

If approved, the new homes will back onto the existing cemetery to the west, with the existing access onto the A38 being maintained.