new Highbridge homes 'will put huge strain on town's facilities'
New concerns have been raised this week on whether Highbridge's
infrastructure can cope with a planned development of 550 new
Land Management has this week unveiled new details about its huge
multi-million pound development at Brue Farm, which includes a
new primary school, a new nursery and a riverside park, sports
pitches and a play area.
residents are worried about whether Highbridge's existing medical
centre, schools and roads can cope with an influx of several thousand
extra new residents.
Neighbourhood Planning Group Chairman Terry Dommett told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"It concerns me that the new primary school at Brue Farm
will not be built until later in the whole project. Given that
many of the new properties will be 'starter homes' for families,
where will all the children go to school? Our schools and doctor
surgeries are full in Highbridge."
added: "I'm also concerned about the extra traffic that will
be generated by 550 new homes. The town centre already regularly
gets clogged up and comes to a standstill when a coach or lorry
pulls over. All the extra cars will exasperate the problem."
town councillor John Parkes added that he is "very concerned
about the huge pressures on Highbridge's infrastructure."
work on the new primary school will not start until the 201st
home at the site. The town is already under severe pressure with
limited school places so this will make the situation even worse,"
he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
are already 13,000 people on the books at the town's Pepperall
Road doctors surgery, yet we don't know when a new surgery will
be built or how the existing facilities will cope."
added that he's asked Sedgemoor District Council to "ring
fence" a £200,000 developers contribution from the
Brue Farm project. "That money is for the regeneration of
Highbridge town centre and I want to see the money properly secured
and used only for Highbridge town centre."
timing of such a huge building project will also be crucial given
that access will be onto Huntspill Road and close to the other
big developments at the Highbridge Hotel, the Delta Engineering
site and the Clyce Road boat yard. More thought needs to be given
to accessing the site and reducing disruption."
plans to start by building a first phase of homes comprising 49
dwellings which is currently under consideration by Sedgemoor
mixed-use development was granted outlined planning permission
in March 2013.
'reserved matters' plans unveiled this week provide detail about
the design, appearance, landscaping, layout of the site.
have until Friday April 15th, 2016 to submit their feedback on
the proposals to Sedgemoor District Council. The planning application
reference number is 11/16/00024.