for £6m Highbridge housing development gather pace
developers behind ambitious plans for a new £6million housing
development in Highbridge have this week held a public meeting
to unveil further details about the huge scheme.
first reported last
month how developers Helmglade and Property Link want to build
up to 60 new houses and a 90 bed nursing home on land at Morland
scheme would completely overhaul the area, with the industrial
estate being flattened and Morland Community Hall being replaced
with a modern new one.
concern from some local residents, Toni and Natasha Hammick from
Property Link met over 50 residents and business owners at the
hall on Tuesday (March 9th) to gather feedback.
Hammick told Burnham-On-sea.com: "It was a very positive
day - we received a lot of comments about the plans, much of which
have been positive."
added: "There has been a lot of interest in the plans for
a new community centre to replace Morland Hall. Since the new
facility would be in a more prominent position next to Burnham
Road and the school, we are certain it would attract more users
and, therefore, additional funding."
Community Partnership's Richard Matthews, who manages the hall,
said he welcomed the proposals, but is keen to hear more details.
"We're still awaiting detailed information and won't really
know how the plans will impact us until then, but it is heading
in the right direction."
Link's Toni Hammick said that more than 100 new jobs would be
created with the introduction of a proposed new nursing home,
adding: "We've already had interest from a national nursing
home provider in running the home."
added that the removal of Morland Industrial Estate poses a "challenge"
given the re-location of many small businesses. "The site
is coming to the end of its life, it is already half empty, and
changes are needed. Close consultation with the owner has already
added that the 50-60 new homes proposed for the site would be
a mixture of 1-4 bedroom affordable properties. "There are
no flats being planned for this development," she confirmed.
Hammick also revealed that the proposals are part of a wider project
to modernise Highbridge.
other schemes for the town are also being examined. We want to
help develop Highbridge - the town has a good future ahead of
it. We have already seen improvements with the opening of the
Asda store, One Stop in Market Street and the development of Highbridge
Quay, and more is being planned."
and local businesses have until this Friday (12th March) to contact
Sedgemoor District Council's Duncan Harvey about the proposals.
Harvey said: "No firm decision has been taken to progress
with any redevelopment on these parcels of land. Before the Council
can make any commitment to any proposal, we feel it is important
to listen to local people and other people potentially affected
by a future area regeneration proposal."