of Highbridge business park for
62 new homes approved
plans to demolish a business park in Highbridge and replace it
with 62 new homes have been given the go-ahead this week.
a meeting in Bridgwater on Tuesday afternoon (October 1st), members
of Sedgemoor District Council's Development Control Committee
voted by seven votes to three to approve the re-development of
Morland Industrial Park.
first reported here in
July that developer Property Link was seeking full planning permission
for the scheme despite concerns from several residents and businsses.
and Highbridge Town Council said in September that it was opposed
to the plans on the basis that jobs could be lost if firms move
councillor Pat Burge, who spoke at Tuesday's meeting, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"This is a very important site for Highbridge and I'm disapppointed
at the decision. Several new things came to light during the meeting
when Toni Hammick from Property Link said that the firms had all
been given notice that the site would close at the end of December.
Also, we were told that the County Council does not believe that
access onto the new housing development would cause any problems
which was one of our concerns."
Burnham-On-Sea councillor Dennis Davey said he is pleased about
the decision. "I voted in favour of the plans at the meeting
- I think it will tidy up an old site and bring much-needed affordable
homes to the town. I think it's a good scheme for Highbridge."
plans comprise of two four-bedroom properties, 27 three-bedroom
properties, 27 two-bedroom properties and 6 one-bedroom properties.
Chris Williams, who was not able to attend Tuesday's meeting,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com after the decision: "My main concern
is that the businesses at the site will move away and take vital
job opportunities out of the town."