This week's unveiling of the plans has been welcomed by
residents and councillors in Highbridge.
and Highbridge Mayor Ken Smout told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We have been trying for a long time to enhance this
eyesore but because the land is in private ownership we
have struggled to find a plan that was financially viable
while also suiting the needs of the town. We have had to
be realistic about what can be achieved, but I am optimistic
that with feedback and support from the community we can
see the site tidied up and a new modern site built in its
Cllr Helen Groves added: "I am pleased to see this
proposal has finally reached a point at which the promised
and long-overdue public consultation may begin. I strongly
urge residents of Highbridge to look at this application
with great care and to make known their views. Whether they
attend the consultation days or view the application online,
this development will have significant and lasting impacts.
I would ask residents to get in touch if they have concerns,
oppose this or wish to support the application."
And Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"I am delighted we have now got to the stage where
a formal planning application has been submitted. This area
is the gateway to our towns and is probably the most important
area of Highbridge to be developed. I thank all those that
have worked very hard in bringing this scheme to where we
Highbridge Residents Assocaition's Tina Gray added: "It's
good to see some plans put forward and some movement here
after so many years, but without substantial infrastructure
improvements for the town I question whether Highbridge
can support more development. We need extra doctors surgeries,
schools, recreation facilities plus drainage and sewer systems
to support the growing population."
And Cllr John Woodman told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I
am supportive of any plans that are positive for Highbridge's
development. We need new houses - but definitely not more
flats - so I am pleased to see some progress in developing
the site along these lines."
An architect's 3D drawing of how the
former hotel building will retain its character while being
modernised with new flats