November 16, 2010
Your views on Burnham-On-Sea's 'green wedge' going on sale
readers have given a 'thumbs down' to the news that more than
60 acres of fields - described by the district council as a 'green
wedge' - next to Burnham-On-Sea's Queens Drive have gone on sale
first reported on
Monday that 'for sale' boards had sprung up along the main
road connecting Burnham-On-Sea's Love Lane with the Edithmead
M5 roundabout, as pictured, although local councillors say no
homes are planned there in the short-term.
a selection of the feedback Burnham-On-Sea.com has received this
week following the story:
"When is Burnham going to say enough is enough to the
housing market, when you can't get in or out during the workers'
and school run prime time. Perhaps the councillors don't need
to use the roads to and from work. So they wouldn't know about
the queues that face us daily. But a lot of people do! Let's keep
it a special place to live not turn it into a massive town."
"Most people who live here do so because they like the
town as it is. This includes my own family who moved here from
Bristol because we loved this busy little community and liked
the fact that it was a small town. Who on earth would want it
to develop. My answer to this is that people should move to a
place and accept it as it is not try to change it to suit themselves
and upset most of the other residents in the process. If you want
a developed town, go to Weston-Super-Mare. If you want a quiet
little seaside resort go to Burnham. It's not all about money
and the economy - for some of us there are much more important
matters to consider."
"There should not be yet more homes in Burnham until
lots more services are available and do we really need more Neville
Jones sponsored houses? Please don't spoil lovely Burnham any
"I feel this land should be left well alone. It's a flood
plain, water lies there autumn through to spring. It really is
the last place locally to even consider building on!"
"What has happened to the flood plain? I have always
understood that this area was designated in case of flooding.
Most of the time this land is underwater. Where are all the services
coming from (schools, doctors etc) to accommodate this rise in
building. I have lived here since 1969 and Burnham has grown tremendously
and not always to our benefit. Some of the planning decisions,
particularly in Highbridge, are a disgrace."
"I am all for new affordable housing being built. What concerns
me, though, is that developers never build new schools, doctors
surgeries etc to cope with the expanding housing areas. In this
case, I would vote against housing being built on these fields
as it would put a strain on the already stretched local infrastructure."
"It is all very well having 60 acres full of more housing,
but how will the schools, doctors, local hospital etc cope. There
has to be an improvement in these areas, as well as the Town Centre,
to cope with all these extra people. I think it would be a shame
to see all our green disappear."
"What happened to the fact that we have to leave that
land alone as it forms part of a flood plain or has that been
overlooked? It does not affect me as far as spoiling the geen
belt, but it would if our homes our flooded regularly."
"These open fields form an attractive entry to Burnham
and give it an open rural feel. More house built here will probably
be bought by commuters and add to congestion at the Edithmead
roundabout. It is doubtful that extra services will be provided.
I have lived on the Rosewood Estate for 12 years and have to rely
on Tescos in order to post a letter as there are no post boxes
on the estate. I understand that this flood plain land, so is
the addition of more housing likely to increase the risk of flooding
to existing properties in this area. I strongly feel that this
land should be retained as green corridor into Burnham."
"The land should not be used for building purposes. Burnham
does not have the infrastructure to support buildings on this
scale. There are insufficient doctor's, schools and employment
in this area to support the amount of housing that will undoubtedly
be built here. On a personal note I, and many others, moved to
this area to enjoy the countryside and the views. All this is
rapidly being eroded with flats and houses being crammed in to
as little space as possible - e.g. the Asda site. Burnham is becoming
"I think it would be the wrong thing for the town if
these areas end up as housing estates, the infrastructure is not
man enough for the town as it stands now (water, electric etc).
If people want to live in an area with more housing then they
should move back to the city and leave small towns alone... we
don't have enough people wanting new houses as it is and the council
have to fill the unsightly premises with people kicked out from
inner cities who go on to become chiefs of the local, once manageable,
crime world. We don't need any more thank you."
"It makes me so sad to read this story. I love living
in our seaside/country town I want to be able to walk through
acres of green fields not acres of 'affordable housing'. It is
not a town progressing it is a town getting bigger with no means
to support itself. We have had no significant change to our high
street or local industry in relation to any new developments and
certainly are not offered any increased local amenities. It's
about time that our town stood for itself and said no to the decimation
of OUR countryside."
"No way should that land off the Queen's Drive be developed
for building houses. It's on a flood plain for a start. There
are plenty of vacant properties on the market at the moment which
are not selling, so why build more!"
"Whilst housing is a great necessity, I understand that
many of the properties built on the old radio station are still
vacant. Surely it would be more prudent to ensure these properties
are occupied before sacrificing green belt areas."
"Another concern is the road access to these areas. Queens
Drive is a very busy through route during the holiday season and
extra development will only increase this and cause major problems
for residents already in-situ."
"The infrastructure would surely need to be addressed seriously.
The GP surgeries are already very busy, particularly with the
vast numbers of holidaymakers during the summer season accessing
this facility. The hospitals are already overloaded and the public
transport system would surely need to be increased before anymore
building is entertained. The potential of even more cars on our
local roads will be another major problem."
"Where are all these people going to work? Surely this will
put more pressure on the council services if people are unable
to find work in this present climate. Having had a discussion
with the Drainage Board some years ago about possible development
of the Burnham levels, it was suggested that there was not the
facility to ensure adequate drainage without millions of pounds
being spent on a new system. We do live in an area which has a
higher than average risk of flooding. Would not even more building
increase problems? Are there no brown field sites available for
building on? I would definitely be opposed to a commercial site
or another supermarket being built within the Burnham area."
GH: "It's disgraceful that the district council is considering
allowing any development on this wonderful green land - whether
this year or in 2026. It is such a prominent entrance feature
to Burnham - spoil this at your peril."