April 1, 2016
Have your say on plans to extend Highbridge's Isleport Business Park

Sedgemoor District Council has this week invited residents in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area to have their say on plans to extend Highbridge's Isleport Business Park.

The council is enouraging comments from local people on the scheme as part of its consultation period, which runs until May 13th.

The council is currently compiling a blueprint for the extension of the business park.

"This will provide much needed new land to meet the high levels demand from businesses looking to expand or set up in the district," council spokeswoman Claire Faun told

Copies of the document, a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), and details on how comments can be made are available on the council's web site here.

Claire added: "This document will identify the areas for future expansion and provide guidance as to how the sites will be developed."

"Following consultation on a draft Supplementary Planning Document in July 2015 that included three potential development sites totalling approximately 65 hectares of developable land, a second consultation document has now been prepared."

"This document has taken into consideration previous consultation responses and consequently identifies two development areas to the north east and north west of the existing Isleport Business Park that comprise approximately 20 hectares of developable land. Land between Isleport Lane and the motorway previously consulted upon has not been taken forward into this stage consultation document."

"The document identified significant additional areas of landscaping to reduce the impact of development on existing properties in the area, details the need for detailed transport impact assessment to establish the necessary highway improvements, and provides guidance on the need to protect the exiting ecology of the area."

"The second consultation period runs from 31st March until 13th May 2016.
Following consideration of any comments, the SPD is due to be formally adopted by the Council in the early summer."

The Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) is a blueprint of what Sedgemoor District Council would be looking for in any proposed development. SPDs provide direction and guidance on local planning matters and are generally either area based (i.e. masterplans and development briefs) or topic based (i.e. dealing with a specific local issue such as design guidance). For further information contact Stuart Martin at


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