raised over huge new housing development for Highbridge
and residents last night (Monday) gave a cool reception to multi-million
pound plans for a proposed new housing development on farmland
on the outskirts of Highbridge.
first reported here,
the developer behind the huge Brue Farm project wants to build
49 new homes at the site next to Huntspill Road in Highbridge
as part of its first phase.
Land Management Ltd has submitted a 'Reserved Matters' application
to build the homes on the fields. The 64-acre development will
eventually see 550 homes plus a new 210-pupil school, a nursery,
plus outdoor playing facilities and public spaces - but not all
in the first phase.
councillors debated the plans during their Planning Applications
Committee meeting on Monday evening (January 11th).
onto the site near Buncombes Garage on the busy A38 is one of
the key safety concerns for councillors. Cllr Bill Hancock said:
"It's a dangerous, busy junction that would be unsafe to
Cllr Andy Brewer added: "There is a strong argument for development
to start at the southern end of the site rather than the north,
away from the junction and nearer a proposed new roundabout on
councillors welcomed the fact that the development will be mostly
homes rather than flats, Cllr John Parkes said: "I'm at a
loss to understand the phasing of this development - there's no
information about the number of affordable homes being delivered
in each phase."
Louise Parkin added: "Highbridge already has an enormous
amount of affordable homes - I'm keen to see the town getting
better quality homes that local people can aspire to. There's
a great inbalance in Highbridge at the moment."
also considered which of the public amenities should be delivered
in the phases of the development. Cllr Brewer said: "I'd
like to see the proposed foot bridge across the river being built
early to help link the site with the town."
Parkes went on to say: "Highbridge's doctors and schools
are bursting at the seams, so where are all the new children at
Brue Farm going to go to school if a new school is not delivered
here early in the project?"
Town Council's Deputy Town Clerk Lorna Williams explained that
the new school would be build as part of the phasing of the Brue
Farm site. "On completion of the 201st home, the contract
for a school will be placed, and on completion of the 251st home
the school must be completed."
local resident Tony Lynham warned: "Highbridge definitely
doesn't want another small new school that's full to capacity
in the first week."
also went on to stress the importance of work to prevent flooding
at the site going ahead early in the development.
Brue Farm scheme previously got the backing of the Town Council
back in 2011 when councillors stressed that they did not want
to see flats built there - only houses. Outline planning approval
for the full Brue Farm scheme of up to 550 homes was approved
back in 2013.
the 'Reserved Matters' application submitted to Sedgemoor District
Council this month covers "the appearance, landscaping, layout
and scale for a first phase of development comprising 49 dwellings."
development was handed a multi-million pound boost in 2014 when
the government granted the project £4.3m from its Local
Growth Fund - see the link below.
boost will see 550 homes and a new school built in Highbridge
Monday's Town Council meeting and, above, the Brue Farm site in
Highbridge where the homes may be built