residents flock to meeting on controversial homes scheme
30 residents opposed to a controversial development of ten new
homes near Burnham-On-Sea flocked to a meeting on Thursday (May
23rd) as district councillors visited the site.
comes after Sedgemoor District Council's planning officer recommended
the scheme in West
Huntspill be approved despite more than 80 objections from
local residents, as reported here.
applicant is seeking for outline planning permission to build
10 detached dwellings on land next to Alstone Lane and Alstone
attended Thursday's visit by members of the council's Development
Control Committee, as pictured, to make their opposition known.
say they are concerned that the proposed development would cause
flooding and traffic issues in the area.
resident Alastair Murray, who attended the meeting, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"I have been the longest objector to any development on the
site - for previous plans in the front garden and behind the 'Lake
Settlement Site'. My objections date back to 1988."
actually thought Thursday's meeting was well conducted and fair.
several of the objectors shouted out a few words of disgust at
the idea of the development, but in general it was a peaceful
and quite constructive meeting."
councillor Chris Williams was present and I thought spoke well.
Flooding is one of the main objections of residents, followed
by road traffic problems."
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."
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."
District Council's planning officer, Chris Gomm, has recommended
the scheme is approved and, following this week's site visit,
councillors will meet again shortly to make a decision on the