Council lodges objections over plans for 95 Highbridge homes
councillors last night (Thursday) raised a formal objection regarding
a developer's plans to build 95 new homes on the site of a boat
yard next to the River Brue in Highbridge.
At a meeting of Burnham and Highbridge Town Council's Planning
Applications Committee on Thursday evening, a number of concerns
were raised over Property Link's bid to construct eighty five
2, 3 and 4 bedroom houses plus a further ten 1-bedroom flats at
the site, pictured here.
As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com here,
the application for outline planning permission is centred on
land to the west of 67 Clyce Road, which is currently used as
a boat yard and storage area for motor homes.
Town councillors are objecting amid concerns of poor access for
traffic using the site, over development, and fears that there
will be no RLT2 community funds for Highbridge from the site's
Louise Parkin said at Thursday's meeting: "It concerns me
that the developer proposes to spend a large amount of money on
building new flood defences at the site but not giving any funding
to improved community facilities in Highbridge. There would be
no benefit for the town."
Deputy Town Clerk Denise Emery added: "The developer says
the new flood defences would open up possibilities for other building
development along the river. However, it does appear that nothing
will go back into the town in terms of social infrastructure improvements."
And Cllr Bill Hancock said: "A further concern has to be
over access to the site - a great deal of extra traffic would
be using Smith Way to access this big development."
Committee Chairman Cllr Alan Miller agreed: "Smith Way is
a narrow lane, not a main road, and would struggle to cope with
the extra traffic. I cannot think of a more inappropriate site
in Highbridge for a large development like this."
Councillors also heard that the proposed density of the development
would see an average of 79 dwellings per hectare, which it was
claimed would be higher than the 39 dwellings per hectare proposed
for the larger Brue Farm site.
Local residents have until December 23rd to provide feedback
on the scheme to Sedgemooor District Council, who will then consider
the Town Council's objection and other comments in the New Year
before making a final decision.