concerns raised over plans for 95 Highbridge riverside homes
concerns have been expressed this week about plans to turn this
boatyard in Highbridge into a development of 95 homes.
a meeting last night (Wednesday), town councillors raised concerns
about access to the site and questioned the type of properties
being proposed - eighty five 2, 3 and 4 bedroom houses plus a
further ten 1-bedroom flats.
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.
Bill Hancock said: "The developers of sites like Brue Farm
and this one are potentially in line to make big fortunes without
there being much real benefit to Highbridge."
need to see new jobs being created in the town and better infrastructure
and facilities to support the extra homes."
Allan Miller added: "The idea of using Smith Way as access
to this site for almost 200 vehicles is just ridiculous. I cannot
think of a worse road anywhere else in the whole district for
a new development at the end."
Helen Groves added: "I don't we should approve any development
of this size if it is not in the overall interests of the town."
clerk Eileen Shaw said the 'draft heads of terms' had not been
seen by the town council which outline the commercial benefits
to the town from the plans.
District Council's Doug Bamsey and Stuart Houlet also attended
Wednesday's meeting to outline their viewpoint on the plans for
outline planning permission.
Houlet said: "The site has been specifically identified in
both the Local Plan and now the adopted Core Strategy which recognizes
the wider benefits of the development of this site. Therefore,
the principle of development is accepted."
is acknowledged that there are some detailed issues that need
to be addressed as part of the planning application process."
there are a number of clear benefits that will arise from the
scheme which alongside other brownfield sites and the strategic
urban extension at Brue Farm will provide an important opportunity
for transformation of the town."