Published: May 12, 2013
West Huntspill housing scheme draws 85 objections from residents

Controversial plans to build ten new homes in West Huntspill have been recommended for approval despite more than 80 objections from local residents.

The applicantion for 'outline planning permission' for 10 detached dwellings and a new access route centres on land next to Alstone Lane and Alstone Gardens.

85 letters of objection have been received by Sedgemoor District Council from local residents, who are concerned mainly that the development could cause flooding issues in the area.

A West Huntspill Parish Council spokesman said: "Residents inform us of the very poor drainage in this area and there have been several floods over the last 30 years. The drainage system would need to be surveyed and rectified if any housing development were to take place in this area."

"Traffic generation and road safety are also of concern to residents, but the Parish Council will leave this area to Highways to consider as it is their area of expertise."

But Sedgemoor District Council's planning officer, Chris Gomm, who has recommended the scheme is approved, said: "The application site is located with the Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge development boundary where the principle of infill residential development is accepted."

"The site is within Flood Zone 3 (high risk) but the local planning authority is satisfied the development passes tests. The development and its occupiers will be safe in the event of flood."

"The illustrative layout demonstrates that the site is capable of accommodating 10 units at a satisfactory layout and that subject to amendments the impact on neighbouring residents amenity can be minimised to an acceptable level."

A decision on the scheme is expected to be made next week when Sedgemoor's Development Control Committee meets.


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