of Highbridge business park for
homes is 'a crying shame'
in Highbridge have this week said a decision to allow a
business park in Highbridge to be knocked down and replaced with
62 new homes is a 'crying shame'.
first reported here
by Burnham-On-Sea.com on Tuesday, members of Sedgemoor District
Council's Development Control Committee voted by seven votes to
three to approve the re-development of Morland Industrial Park.
Gray of Highbridge Residents Association said: "To put more
dwellings into a deprived area without putting any extra infrastructure
in place first is a bad thing."
to actually remove business premises and businesses to make way
for more dwellings is a crying shame and can only add to more
problems in a deproived area."
councillor Helen Groves says she is concerned about how Tuesday's
told told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I am very concerned that much
of the information presented was apparently only offered to Sedgemoor
that morning and was not seen by the committee itself."
"The committee was advised that Lloyds Bank would be repossessing
the premises in December and all the businesses would be forced
to leave. The business people did not have this information because
I went and spoke to some of them directly after the meeting and
the committee were incorrectly advised that they knew."
having spoken to a few people within the banking sector, I have
doubts as to whether Lloyds would in fact evict sitting tenants
if they repossessed. For that reason I am quite concerned that
the committee based their decision on this 'new' information without
"Further, despite virtually every member expressing deep
concerns with almost every aspect of the application, the planning
officers acknowledging it does not meet planning legislation on
multiple issues and members expressing they felt the application
was not complete and information required was not present all
but three pushed it through instead of taking the proposal to
defer the decision to allow time for the application and information
to be completed and for a site visit to be organised."
"It is a great shame that yet again the interests of Highbridge
have been pushed aside in favour of a private developer who has
little care or interest in the impacts to our community nor the
devastating effect this development will have on peoples livelihoods
and access to services such as schools, roads and doctors."
Top, Tina Gray and Kim Chatwin of Highbridge Residents Association
with Cllr Helen Groves, and, above, the Morland Business Park