oppose plans for 14 new flats in Highbridge town centre
to knock down a prominent property in the centre of Highbridge
and convert it into 14 new flats plus a restaurant and a leisure
facility have this week been opposed by town councillors.
first unveiled plans
by Property Link to redevelop Canal House, which is situated next
to the A38 roundabout in the town.
councillors at this week's meeting of Burnham and Highbridge Town
Council's planning committee have voiced concerns over the scheme.
Janet Keen said: "Highbridge is being destroyed and blighted
by flats - the last this town needs is another 14 flats."
Peter Burridge-Clayton agreed, saying the development would also
be out of place.
would be a ridiculously high building - effectively five storeys
tall - and would not be in keeping with the rest of the street."
Michael Clarke expressed concerns about pedestrian safety next
to the site and Cllr Chris Williams said insufficient detail had
been given regarding the proposals for new leisure facilities
at the site.
Keen also expressed concerns about increased traffic at the junction:
"The A38 is already one of the busiest A roads in Britain,
particularly when there are accidents on the M5 and traffic diverts
through Highbridge," she said.
new development would further increase activity around this busy
roundabout, which could well cause additional traffic problems."
concerns expressed during the meeting included the over-development
of the area, poor access to the proposed site, and a lack of parking.
decided to formally object against the scheme, but Sedgemoor District
Council will have the ultimate decision on whether the scheme
goes ahead. Its planning department is currently accepting public
feedback on the application until 13th April.