Councillors visit site of controversial 95 new homes in Highbridge
have this week made a special visit to Highbridge to see for themselves
the site where 95 controversial riverside homes are being proposed.
of Sedgemoor District Council's Development Control Committee,
led by Chairman Bob Filmer, visited a boat yard in Clyce Road
to consider the contentious request for outline planning application.
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.
Thursday, the land owners, applicants, local residents and representatives
from Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset County Council and the
Town Council toured the site.
the applicants took the opportunity to defend the proposals and
outline the benefits to Highbridge of having a new riverside development,
several local councillors were unimpressed.
councillor Joe Leach told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I am disappointed
that yet another four storey development is being proposed in
Highbridge. People have consistently stated loudly 'no more flats'
in Highbridge, and certainly not of this magnitude. I am also
disappointed that there are no infrastructure improvements being
proposed, such as extra funding for highways, health and education."
is on its knees in terms of being able to serve the people who
are already here. To contribute further to this with more families
without addressing the current need is simply a folly. All this
has contributed to my decision to oppose this development, and
I will continue to do so whilst this attitude is maintained."
Helen Groves, who also attended the meeting as a resident, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I was really pleased that the Development
Control Committee has now visited the site and has been able to
see the terrible proposed access. I am hopeful that now they have
some idea of the context of the development and will understand
just how inappropriate it is."
I was furious to discover at the meeting that the Town Council
was not provided full information about this proposal. At no point
have I ever been informed that these proposals are for two, three
and four storey blocks of 'domestic dwellings', these are the
family homes, houses, apartments or maisonettes that I have questioned
the nature of with officers of Sedgemoor time after time. It is
completely out of keeping with its surrounds."
of Sedgemoor's Development Control Committee are expected to make
a final decision about the application at their next meeting,
taking into consideration the information they gathered from Thursday's