fears raised as 95 riverside homes in Highbridge
concerns were raised at a heated town council meeting last night
(Thursday) over plans to turn this riverside boatyard in Highbridge
into a development of 95 new homes after councillors gave the
scheme a 'green light'.
fears were raised about the poor transport access to the site,
limited car parking and councillors questioned the types of properties
being proposed: eighty five 2, 3 and 4 bedroom houses, plus ten
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.
of residents in the area have signed petitions opposing the scheme
and 16 letters of objection have been sent to the district council.
Helen Groves, pictured with leaders of Highbridge Residents Association
after Thursday's meeting, said: "Highbridge needs investment
and sympathetic developments which enhance the Town. It does not
need high density developments which ignore traffic and access
impacts and further strain existing infrastructure."
Bill Hancock added: "Access to this proposed development
is a big issue. The whole scheme should not go ahead if traffic
is expected to pass along Smith Way."
in a vote, councillors voted by a majority of 4-1 in favour of
accepting the application in principal while maintaining objections
over access and car parking. Cllr Groves voted against the plans
while Cllr Allan Miller, who chaired the meeting, abstained.
Peter Burridge-Clayton said: "I accept outline planning permission
in principal but continue to have strong objections, particularly
over access. I would not have issue with maisonettes here but
I would not want to see more flats."
Chris Williams told Burnham-On-Sea.com afterwards: "I fear
the word 'maisonettes' is just a posh term for flats and, given
the appalling access to the site, I am strongly opposed to this
development. I will be speaking against the plans when they are
considered by the district council in May."
debate was prompted after the Environment Agency dropped its objection
to the flood defence scheme being proposed at the site. New information
about transport modelling has also been submitted to the district
council by the land owner.
those present at the meeting were Highbridge Residents Association's
Kim Chatwin and Tina Gray. Tina told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The
infrastructure is simply not in place to support this development
and we are strongly opposed to it."
Cllr Groves told Burnham-On-Sea.com after the meeting: "I
am very disappointed with the decision to withdraw substantive
elements of the Town Council's objection to the proposal for this
site. I feel it is quite wrong we have been asked to vote three
times on this issue without anything having changed about the
application simply because SDC officers do not share the views
which had been expressed by Town Councillors."
that the proposal itself has not altered and the only concession
being offered is a undefined RLT2 and 3 commitment, I do not consider
the decision was merited."
absolutely does not need more flats. It is a completely unreasonable
expectation to ask a statutory consultee to consider an application
in the context of a series of potential applications which may
or may not deliver benefits. I feel this has been a very
bad day for Highbridge and its future and would urge members of
the public who have so often told me that this is not what they
want for their Town to make their objections known to SDC before
Pictured: The riverside site in Highbridge and, above, Highbridge
Residents Association's Kim Chatwin and Tina Gray with Cllr Helen