Councillors delay decision on plans for 95 new Highbridge homes
final decision on whether controversial plans to build 95 riverside
homes in Highbridge will go ahead has been deferred by district
of Sedgemoor District Council's Development Control Committee
considered the outline planning application on Tuesday, but they
decided to make a site visit to the boat yard at Clyce Road before
taking any decision.
scheme - which includes eighty five 2, 3 and 4 bedroom houses,
plus ten 1-bedroom flats - has resulted in scores of residents
signing a petition opposed to the plans and over 16 letters of
objection being sent to the district council.
Town councillor Helen Groves, who attended the meeting as a resident,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com after Tuesday's meeting: "I am very
pleased that the Development Control Committee have decided to
make a site visit, though I remain very concerned that the case
being made by officers of Sedgemoor is highly misleading and demonstrates
a very cavalier attitude towards Sedgemoor's Core Planning document."
"Of particular concern was the dismisal of the importance
of the report by SCC regarding the impact upon education services.
Somerset County Council predict that if this application is permitted
to proceed without making educational contributions there will
be a significant number of children without a local school placement
"Furthermore, I was most disappointed that officers continually
made reference to the H17 consortium land without once acknowledging
that Sedgemoor District Council would find this land unviable
on the basis of cost and access for development should the boatyard
proposal not secure approval. Though they did point out that H17
and any application relating to it should not form any part of
the decision making process."
month, the application for outline planning permission was given
lukewarm approval by town councillors amid continuing concerns
about vehicular access via Smith Way and the number of properties
planned for the site.