new riverside homes given controversial go-ahead in Highbridge
plans to turn a boatyard site in Highbridge into a huge development
of 85 new homes have been given the go-ahead this week.
District Council has this week approved the controversial proposals
for a mixture of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes at the site next to
the River Brue, along with flood defence works.
application for Outline Planning Permission applies to land to
the west of 67 Clyce Road, which is currently used as a boat yard
and storage area.
councillor Helen Groves, pictured below, who has voiced
her concerns about the plans many times over the years, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
this week that the scheme is not welcome.
feel the density of housing is too high and the town's infrastructure
won't be able to support the extra homes - the impact will be
felt on our overcrowded doctors surgeries, schools, roads and
community resources," she said.
not just this development that concerns me but the lack of strategic
thinking for Highbridge for the future. Having new flood defences
along the River Brue there as part of the development will not
help the rest of Highbridge."
also concerned that this is part of a much wider 'ribbon' development
that links up with the nearby Delta Engineering site and the former
Cattle Market site where development is already underway - hundreds
week's approval comes after years of detailed talks on the 21
planning conditions that will be applied to the site's owner.
District Council Stuart Houlet previously said: "The site
has been specifically identified in both the Local Plan and now
the adopted Core Strategy which recognizes the wider benefits
of the development of this site. Therefore, the principle of development
is accepted. There
are a number of clear benefits that will arise from the scheme
which alongside other brownfield sites and the strategic urban
extension at Brue Farm will provide an important opportunity for
transformation of the town."