November 2, 2010
Warning on Burnham 'stagnation' unless new homes are built
is at risk of "stagnating" unless hundreds of new homes
are built on 'green field sites' during the town over the next
two decades, a senior town councillor has warned this week.
Neville Jones said Burnham risks missing out on hundreds of thousands
of pounds of funding from property developers if more 'green field'
sites are not earmarked for new homes.
made the comments during a town council meeting on Monday (November
1st), where councillors reviewed their draft response to Sedgemoor's
Core Strategy Local Development Framework, which sets out development
in the area until the year 2026.
Jones said: "If another 400 homes are built in North Burnham
on 'green field sites' like the land off Stoddens Lane, the town
can secure vital 106 agreements from the developers, bringing
us new community funding and facilities," he said.
not, Burnham may simply stagnate and not develop any further.
The funding will go to Bridgwater. This is a very important moment
for the town's future."
councillors were split on how they should respond to the scheme.
They voted by eight to seven in favour of not recommending green
field development in Burnham, much to the disappointment of Cllr
The Draft Core Strategy document is available for comment until
22nd November. Details of how to comment can be found on the district
council's web site.