Highbridge primary school needed faster than planned' - council
Town councillors want to see the construction of a new primary
school and A38 roundabout in Highbridge brought forward so that
the town can better cope with the development of 550 new homes.
concerns about the infrastructure in place around the site of
the huge multi-million pound development at Brue Farm on the southern
side of Highbridge have been raised by the Town Council's Planning
Applications Committee this week.
Hallam Land Management plans to build a new primary school, a
new nursery, a park, sports pitches and a play area as part of
a phased development at the site. But many worry whether Highbridge's
existing medical centre, schools and roads can cope with an influx
of thousands of new residents.
Phil Harvey told Burnham-On-Sea.com after the latest meeting:
"We've raised several concerns about the phasing. The new
A38 roundabout is not scheduled to be built until the last phase
of development which would mean 370 new homes are built and all
the extra traffic using one junction onto the A38. We are not
happy about that and would like to see the roundabout brought
also discussed education provision - the plans propose that a
new primary school will be ready to be used after 250 houses are
built, but that raises the question about where all the children
go from the first 250 homes before the new school opens? We want
to know what the County Council proposes."
Cllr Andy Brewer added: "There is concern about the planned
construction of a new roundabout to the south of the development
and whether it will be built early enough. We feel it should be
completed earlier in the site's development. We
do have concerns about the impact of traffic and the junction
with the road. Overall, though, it appears to be a very good development
with a fair mix of housing."
town councillor John Parkes recently told Burnham-On-Sea.com he
is "very concerned" about the huge pressures on Highbridge's
also 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."
plans to start the project by building a first phase of homes
comprising 49 dwellings which is currently under consideration
by Sedgemoor District Council.
mixed-use development was granted outlined planning permission
in March 2013. The 'reserved matters' plans submitted this month
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.