plans to develop Highbridge Hotel site 'given support' says owner
THE HIGHBRIDGE HOTEL WOULD LOOK:
first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com here
the new plans would see the hotel building being redeveloped
into 2 studio flats, 5 4-bed flats plus new accommodation
for the YMCA. There will be a new coffee shop open to the
public inside. The 'historic' architecture of the hotel
building's frontage will be retained.
former cattle market site behind the hotel will see 59 residential
homes being built, including 23 three-bedroom homes, 31
two-bedroom homes and 5 two-bedroom flats.
property developer behind a new £11million project to regenerate
the fire-ravaged Highbridge Hotel says he's pleased with the 'mostly
positive' feedback on the proposals.
100 people attended a public consultation event in Highbridge
on Thursday where the new plans went on show for the first time.
owner Derek Mead, pictured at the event, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"There has been mixed feedback to the scheme, but it's been
mostly positive. There will always be some negative comments,
but I think most people see this as a good chance to tidy up the
added: "I would have liked to have created more new jobs
here with a more commercial scheme but it's been a real effort
to get this going in this economic climate."
approached all the major franchise chains without success. Several
who showed interest pulled out."
pleased with the scheme that's been put forward - it's great to
have the YMCA onboard with some community facilities - and I hope
we can get it moving now."
plans attracted a wide variety of feedback during Thursday's consultation
session. The general consensus was that after five years, residents
are keen to see the 'eyesore' hotel given a makeover. Read
the opinions of people at Thursday's drop-in session here.
can still submit feedback on the plans, whether to support or
object to the scheme, together with their reasons. This can also
be done online through the council's planning website using the
reference number 11/13/00028.
Martin from Sedgemoor District Council said the £11million
project involves multiple stakeholders and has involved lengthy
negotiations. "This is a big project that involves Sedgemoor
District Council, the YMCA, Knightstone Housing, Bovis, Mead Realisations
and the Homes and Communities Agency."
the new Highbridge housing development will look if it's approved
give mixed opinions on the new Highbridge Hotel scheme