Hotel developer will pay £150,000 towards education
developers behind the multi-million pound plan to regenerate the
fire-ravaged former Highbridge Hotel will pay almost £150,000
towards new school facilities in the town as part of this week's
decision to grant the scheme approval.
of Sedgemoor District Council's Development Control Committee
unanimously granted approval to the £11million scheme during
a meeting in Bridgwater, as reported here.
owner Derek Mead will build 59 residential dwellings on the old
cattle market site and the fire-damaged hotel itself will be redeveloped
into 2 studio flats, 5 4-bed flats plus new accommodation for
the YMCA with a multi-use games area.
has emerged that the developers will be asked to meet several
planning conditions, including a Section 106 agreement
that seeks £147,084 for primary school education.
A council spokesman said: "Attention has been given to the
additional impacts that the scheme will have on the local area.
As the scheme includes the provision of 54 two and three bedroom
houses, there will be an impact on education provision in the
"This has been a concern of the County Education officers
especially given the amount of development that has taken place
or has been proposed in the area including the redevelopment of
the Boatyard site and Delta Engineering the west and Brue Farm
to the east."
"The applicants have taken on board the comments made and
the concerns of the local Ward Members and Town Council and factored
a full contribution to meet the £147,084 requested. This
will be secured by way of the S106 agreement."