May 24, 2011
Public hearing on council's 20 year plan starts in Burnham-On-Sea
drawn up by Sedgemoor District Council that will shape the way
that Burnham-On-Sea grows over the next two decades are to be
examined in public this week by a government appointed inspector.
The examination of Sedgemoors Core Strategy, which is part
of its Local Development Framework, will take place over six or
seven days in Burnham's Princess Theatre starting at 10am on Tuesday
will be carried out by an independent planning inspector who will
hear from people wishing to challenge or support certain elements
of the plans with the aim of deciding whether the plans meet legal
requirements and are sound.
Among the policies covered are those on the location of future
development, including housing, employment and infrastructure.
plans involve over 1,400 new homes being built in Burnham-On-Sea
over 20 years, creating 1,000 new jobs, as outlined here
in the core strategy doucument.
scheduled to speak include house builders, government agencies
and businesses including EDF.
The document states that during the timeframe of the Core Strategy,
it is expected that a series of infrastructure proposals of national
and local importance relating to energy, economic development,
flood risk management and climate change could be brought forward
Manager of Strategy and Business Services, Claire Pearce, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It would have been nonsensical to produce
a development plan for the next 20 years that ignored the possibility
that our district might be the first in the UK to see the associated
impacts and development arising from a construction of a new nuclear
power station as well as national grid proposals and other major
"We have a duty to make sure that development is co-ordinated
at a local level in ways that supports sustainable living, promotes
economic wellbeing and protects our distinctive environment."
believe that by offering guidance through policies in our Core
Strategy, we can more effectively work with promoters of projects
that will meet national needs to ensure they address local issues
and integrate their proposals into development already planned
and promoted at the local level by the council and other investors."
The public examination sessions are set to run from Tuesday May
24th until Wednesday June 1st.
is a frequent bus service to the venue and parking available in
nearby public car parks. For further information on the examination,