raised over plans for 1,600 homes in Burnham and Highbridge
concerns about traffic congestion and over-stretched schools and
medical centres have been raised by Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
residents during the latest consultation sessions to consider
plans for over 1,600 new homes.
District Council has held two local drop-in events over the past
fortnight on its Local Plan that will help shape the future of
the area up to the year 2032.
reported here last year that over 1,600 extra homes could
be built on sites in Burnham and Highbridge.
latest plan says 790 homes could be built in Burnham, while 870
could be constructed in Highbridge.
Following the stage 1 consultation, which ran from October 2015
to January 2016, a number of additional sites have been promoted
to the Council for potential development, as shown here in yellow
on the map.
Council has considered the merits of these sites, with two considered
to have potential for housing development in combination with
land previously promoted," said a spokesman.
first site is a field lying east of Frank Foley Parkway, while
the second site is a field extending north of Poples Bow, adjacent
to the railway line. Both sites would not be considered appropriate
for development in isolation, but may present opportunities in
combination with land previously promoted."
Highbridge, several extra parcels of land have also been promoted
to the Council as available for development, pictured below.
to the east of the railway line has been promoted.
the south, a parcel of land has been promoted as available for
development next to the Brue Farm site where over 400 new homes
are planned. This would be an additional second phase of development.
are being advised that it's still not too late to have your say
on the Burnham or Highbridge proposals as the consultation period
runs until August 8th.
had a steady stream of well over 100 visitors to the latest consultation
sessions," the council's Andrew Reading told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
were expressed about the strain on public services such as health
care, schools and other facilities - we know that we will have
to engage with infrastructure providers."
were also concerns about the generation of extra traffic caused
by the extra housing. Flooding concerns and drainage around some
developments have also been raised."
added: "There has been positive feedback as well, with some
saying the proximity of the Brue Farm development to rail services
and the town centre will help the town, while others have welcomed
new low-cost housing."
authority's full consultation documents and further information
can be found here,
along with details of how you can have your say.
Top, Highbridge town councillor Andy Brewer with Sedgemoor's Andrew
Reading during the latest consultation session on the Local Plan