lodges objection over plans for 550 new Highbridge homes
councillors have this week raised fresh objections over multi-million
pound plans for 550 new homes to be built on farmland in Highbridge.
are concerned that Hallam
Land Management's plans for the Brue
Farm site on the southern side of the River Brue will not
provide enough community benefit to the town.
council has lodged a formal objection to Sedgemoor District Council
as it seeks funding from Hallam for the regeneration of Highbridge
town centre, plus other improvements.
Clerk Eileen Shaw told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "With the decline
in local shopping facilities in Highbridge town centre, notably
Market Street, and no apparent provision for a community shop
on the new development, we have asked the developer whether they
would be prepared to make any contribution to the regeneration
of Market Street in particular."
are also seeking guarantees that additional employment, health
facilities, new play equipment and better road safety facilities
proposed new school at the site is welcomed, since it is understood
that the capacity of the new Churchfield School currently under
construction on the Burnham Road already falls short of local
need by some 40 places and clearly there could be a considerable
number of children in Highbridge by the time 550 dwellings have
is not clear is whether Somerset County Council has the funding
to complete, equip and staff a new school, so the Town Council
feels it would not be unreasonable to ask for additional contributions
to education from the developer."
Town Council has also supported a request from Network Rail for
financial contributions to improve waiting facilities, lighting,
cycle storage and additional car parking at Highbridge Railway
Station which would see extra passengers as a result of the new
this stage, with no firm agreements in place on many points, the
Town Council feels that it must raise an objection to this application,"
added Mrs Shaw.
District Council identified the site in 2010 as its preferred
location for housing growth in the Burnham area.