for new Highbridge flats and shops win council backing
for a new development of ten flats and two shops in the centre
of Highbridge have been given a 'thumbs up' by town councillors
this week despite concerns about parking and retail viability.
Realisations wants to build the new building - comprising of eight
2-bedroom flats and two 1-bedroom flats - on the corner of the
former cattle market site and next to the soon-to-be-refurbished
on the Town Council's Planning Applications Committee gave the
proposals lukewarm backing at their meeting last night (Monday).
Andy Brewer said: "While the building is in keeping with
future planned developments and is sympathetic with the area,
my concern is that there's no onstreet parking. Customers at the
proposed shops won't be able to park outside and the nearest parking
is a good distance away in Bank Street."
Paul Young added: "It doesn't seem like a viable location
for retail outlets. If Mead Realisations fails to find businesses
to fill the units then I can see them wanting to put more flats
there in their place and that would be a concern."
Peter Burridge-Clayton added: "The development would create
new jobs and we can stipulate that the retail units must be retained
in the future."
its application, Mead Realisations says the development will "provide
additional employment opportunities for Highbridge in the form
of two commercial ground floor units and provide new and affordable
homes for Highbridge."
also says the development will "provide sustainable development
through the use of a brownfield site; create a legible and distinctive
addition to Highbridge; Improve connections between development
sites and community facilities; Enhance the ecology of the site;
and secure a viable future for the derelict, vacant, brownfield
councillors voted not to object against the scheme, however Sedgemoor
District Council will have the final say on whether the application
from interested parties can be sent to the authority before the
deadline of October 17th. The application reference is 11/14/00087.