£20k boost for work to create Burnham-On-Sea Neighbourhood
new group is to be formed in Burnham-On-Sea to create a Neighbourhood
Plan following a £20,000 funding injection.
Town Council has agreed to form a new working party to compile
the new document, which ultimately could give greater powers to
residents on whether new planning developments get approval in
Burnham and Highbridge.
Phil Harvey, who has proposed the plan, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"After Cllr Helen Groves and I attended a National Association
of Local Councils seminar last year, we persuaded the Town Council
to ask Sedgemoor to bid for funding for a Neighbourhood Planning
Front Runner scheme on our behalf. This they did successfully
and were awarded £20,000 to assist the process. We are delighted
that the first step has therefore this week been taken in putting
together a working party to take this work forward."
Helen Groves, who is among several councillors and residents to
be part of the new group, added: "The new working party will
review Sedgemoor District Council's planning policy to identify
areas and topics which could benefit from the plan. This is not
a resolution to form a neighbourhood plan, but it's a first step
in the right direction and allows the need for one to be evidenced."
Milner Simonds from Burnham's Town Team, who also attended Thursday's
meeting, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I attended because I am
bothered about our town and the enormous opportunity that the
Neighbourhood Plan presents to us. This
is a great opportunity for each and every resident to have a say
about what happens on their street, at the end of their road and
in their town centre."
council has access to a small fund to carry out the consultation
and I really hope they take the chance to get in place some low
cost, innovative consultation methods to hear the views of the
residents outside of the ballot box."
Cllr Phil Harvey and Cllr Helen Groves with a copy of the Neighbourhood
Plan guidance after Thursday's meeting