Published: March 6, 2010
Burnham-On-Sea residents launch fight to halt 53 new homes

A group of worried Burnham-On-Sea residents have this week launched a campaign to stop a property developer building 53 homes on an area of green space in the town.

More than 30 residents from the Lawrence Close area held a meeting in the town where they unanimously agreed to fight Persimmon Homes' plans to create a huge new housing development on a former landfill site to the north of Wallace Wells Road.

Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported last Wednesday that the developer had submitted a new proposal to Sedgemoor District Council to build the homes, despite plans for 69 homes at the same site being refused last August.

The campaign is being led by residents Trevor Berry, Bryn Heaton, Nigel Kemp and Melvyn Fooks (pictured at the top of this page).

Trevor told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "There is a great deal of concern about traffic issues, the out-of-keeping nature of the proposed homes, over-development and the potential for flooding."

"While this new scheme includes fewer homes than last year's proposals, the amount of space being swallowed up by the development is the same."

The new proposals include 14 two-bedroom, 36 three-bedroom and three four-bedroom houses, in addition to almost 100 car parking spaces.

Trevor said more than 150 leaflets explaining the plans have been posted through letterboxes in the area to alert residents to the proposals are ask for letters of objection to be sent to Sedgemoor District Council before the March 24th deadline.

The group also plans to lobby Burnham and Highbridge Town Council and local district councillors for support. Part of the land was formerly used for landfill and is owned by Sedgemoor District Council.

Pictured are residents at this week's protest meeting held in Highbridge

 


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