May 10, 2011
Residents oppose controversial plans for 11 new homes in village
Dozens of concerned residents in West Huntspill, near Burnham-On-Sea,
have this week launched a campaign to stop 11 new homes from being
built in the village.
Over 30 residents attended a parish council meeting in the village
on Tuesday night (May 10th), as pictured above, to lodge their
opposition to the proposals.
Joan Holderness is seeking outline planning permission for 11
detached dwellings on land pictured here between Alstone Lane
and Alstone Gardens.
Local resident Ray Parker told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Over
75 letters of objection have been sent to Sedgemoor District Council
regarding the plans."
"We are concerned that the local infrastructure will not
support another 11 homes here - this is a quiet part of the village
not suited to a housing development. There are also concerns about
flooding on this low-lying land."
The Lower Brue Drainage Board has already raised a formal objection
to the proposals, saying it has concerns about run-off of flood
Another resident, Sir Roger Coe, who was at Tuesday's meeting,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I love our village the way it is.
We don't want the green fields to be built over."
field at the centre of the plans is also of historical significance
since it was formerly the home of a scheduled ancient monument.
This, claim residents, is a further reason why the site is unsuited
to new homes.
But Mrs Holderness assured councillors and residents at Tuesday's
meeting that the English heritage site would not be built over.
This is the second time planning permission has been sought to
build on the site. The first set of proposals were turned down.
At Tuesday's meeting, parish councillors decided to make a formal
visit to the site before deciding on whether to back or oppose
They will be joined by Cllr Joe Leach, who is the newly-elected
Highbridge and Burnham Marine district councillor that also represents
The ultimate decision on whether the scheme proceeds lies with
Sedgemoor District Council.