November 17, 2010
Consultation to start on 400 homes for Highbridge's Brue Farm
A period of public consultation is to be held for people in
Highbridge to air their views on proposals to build 400 new homes
on the fields marked on the map here.
Sedgemoor District Council's Executive voted on Wednesday (November
17th) in favour of holding a formal consultation period on the
future development of the land at Brue Farm.
A council spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The consultation
will be open from November 23rd at 9am until January 18th at 5pm
to allow all residents and local groups plenty of time to see
the proposals and give their feedback."
Farm was previously the subject of a proposed housing allocation
in the council's former draft Local Plan but was removed by the
Council prior to its Local Plan Inquiry held in 2001.
This was due to there being no requirement to make further greenfield
housing allocations in Sedgemoor in addition to those at South
Bridgwater to meet the strategic housing targets of the plan.
Councillors heard at Wednesday's meeting how the Brue Farm site
is now considered the preferred site for future development in
Highbridge as it provides a number of advantages, specifically
its central location in relation to the town centre compared with
other greenfield sites.
It was also stated that it is very accessibable given its nearness
to Highbridge Railway Station and public transport links and that
it provides easy access onto the A38 and opportunities for a new
footpath and cycle links to the town centre.
Wednesday's meeting was also told that initial discussions had
been held between Natural England and the promoting developers,
which had confirmed in principle that the Brue Farm site can be
brought forward for development.