raises fears over plans to knock down town
councillors have this week voiced fresh concerns about controversial
plans to demolish a business park in Highbridge and replace it
with 62 new homes.
first reported here in
July that developer Property Link is seeking full planning permission
to build the new development on the site of the Morland Industrial
Park in Morland Road.
plans comprise of two four-bedroom properties, 27 three-bedroom
properties, 27 two-bedroom properties and 6 one-bedroom properties.
a meeting of the Town Council last night (Monday, September 2nd),
councillors said jobs could be lost if firms at the park have
Phil Harvey said: "This is a very important site for Highbridge.
The loss of employment land must be carefully taken into consideration."
plans would also see the loss of a busy social club, which would
also have a big impact on the neighbourhood."
site could be used for community benefit rather than simply more
homes, grabbing money and running."
Chris Williams added: "I totally agree - it should be looked
at as not just a planning issue, but a community issue."
Cllr Helen Groves added: "The development would generate
increased traffic along Morland Road very close to Churchfield
School which is already busy. Sedgemoor should carry out an assessment
of the risks to children."
said they are unclear as to who owns the site, given Sedgemooor
District Council's previous ownership of part of the site.
discussions are to be held with Sedgemoor District Council to
fully consider the plans ahead of a final decision on whether
the scheme is approved.
on the Town Council's planning applications committee last month
decided to "strongly object" against the scheme.