April 3, 2011
for 450 new homes in Highbridge receive positive welcome
to build 450 new homes next to the River Brue in Highbridge went
on show to the public for the first time on Saturday (April 2nd)
and attracted mainly positive feedback from local residents.
Land Management held the exhibition at St John Ambulance Hall
in Bank Street where the plans to develop 64 acres of land at
Brue Farm were unveiled.
said it will shortly be submitting an outline planning application
for the site, which will include a new 270-place primary school,
new sports field and riverside park alongside the 450 new homes.
Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported earlier
this year that hundreds of new homes are earmarked for the
site. It follows Sedgemoor District Council's decision last year
to identify the land, which is south of the River Brue, as its
preferred location for growth in the Burnham area.
Dozens of residents who visited Saturday's exhibition were encouraged
to give feedback about the proposals.
Tina Gray, Vice Chairman of Highbridge Residents' Association,
pictured above, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The development
could be really good. The proposed new school will be very welcome
and is much needed in Highbridge."
"Providing that good quality homes - and not just more flats
- are built, I think it could be a positive development."
Hallam's Suzie Birdseye assured visitors that the firm "will
endeavour" not to build flats at the site, however she said
no assurances could be given so early in the project.
councillors were also anxious earlier this year that the development
should not comprise of flats, but family houses instead.
Hallam's Suzie Birdseye added: "The development will provide
a mix of new 1-5 bedroom properties and a proportion of affordable
Highbridge councillor Joe Leach, who also visited the exhibition,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This is certainly not the worst
scheme we've seen for Highbridge - there are a good mix of homes,
the site would be well laid out, and there would be good community
"There are, though, some concerns around the site itself.
Some people are not too happy that it will lead to a loss of green
fields and also create a dangerous access point on a sharp corner
of the A38. Overall, though, I'm positive about the scheme - Highbridhge
needs more family housing."
Another visitor to Saturday's exhibition, Maurice White, who
is Chairman of Highbridge Angling Association, pictured above,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com he also welcomes the plans.
"It's good to see a new bridge over the Brue being proposed
near the railway station and there will also be improved access
to the riverside which will be good for anglers, walkers and new
The planning application will soon go to a full public enquiry
and be considered by town and district councillors thereafter.