new Highbridge homes approved as town gets £200,000 boost
pound plans for 550 new homes on this farmland in Highbridge were
given the go-ahead on Tuesday (March 6th) - and the town is also
set to receive a huge financial boost as part of the scheme.
District Council's Development Control Committee
granted outline planning permission to
Hallam Land Management to build the new development on the Brue
Farm site on the southern side of the River Brue.
part of the scheme, the developer has agreed to give £200,000
towards the regeneration of Highbridge to fund various town improvements
- and the firm will also give £1million towards off-site
affordable housing in the area.
64-acre site will include a new 210-pupil school plus outdoor
playing facilities and public spaces - but, to the concern of
town councillors, there are no plans for a much-needed new health
and Highbridge Town Council's Clerk, Eileen Shaw, told Tuesday
afternoon's meeting that the Town Council has "real concerns"
about the lack of new employment and health facilities to be provided
at the site.
will be asked to build higher flood defences along the River Brue
to protect the site from a major 'one in 200 year' flood.
will also create a new cycle and footbridge over the River Brue
to give fast access to the railway station.
Bob Filmer, who chairs the Development
Control Committee, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The plans for
this site have moved on significantly over the past year with
good discussions with the developer. The £200,000 of funding
should give the town a much-needed lift."
and Highbridge councillor Dennis Davey added: "It's nice
to have a new development in Highbridge which is not simply more
flats. While health services will be stretched further in the
town, it is good that a new school is to be built."
Helen Groves told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I am certainly pleased
to see investment in the town, but disappointed that the amount
of affordable housing has been reduced."
District Council identified the site in 2010 as its preferred
location for housing growth in the Burnham area.