December 5, 2006
is at a 'tipping point' warn town councillors
town councillors have this week warned that hundreds of homes
being built in Highbridge are leaving the town at a 'tipping point'.
comments came as 169 new homes are set to be built on land near
Springfield Road and a further 45 homes are earmarked for land
north of Worston Lane.
more homes and flats are also being planned for other parts of
the town, including the old radio station site near Pepperal Road,
but councillors say the area may not be able to sustain such rapid
no clear direction on development in Highbridge," warned
Cllr Neville Jones at a meeting on Monday night (December 4th).
has been no proper plan in place since 1992 and that's now out
of date. With
many hundreds of homes being panned, there's an urgent need for
the town council and Sedgemoor to get together to discuss the
future of Highbridge."
number of new houses and flats being built is tremendous and should
be a cause of great concern for us all. We are at a tipping point
where it's urgent that we look at how Highbridge will develop."
planning chairman Cllr Peter Clayton agreed, saying there had
also been "inconsistencies" in how various planning
applications were being treated by Sedgemoor.
Morgan questioned whether a document from the South West Regional
Spatial Strategy indicated no further houses should be built in
the town without more commercial development bringing jobs to
the area, alongside more schools and other public services.
run the risk of becoming a commuter town with no-one about during
the day," he said.
Chris Williams added that drainage capacity in Highbridge is of
"great concern" as no provision has been made for so
many additional homes.
follow-up meeting between town councillors and Sedgemoor District
Council is to be held during the next few weeks.
raise concerns about Highbridge 'over development'