feedback from 80 visitors to Brent Knoll affordable homes event
to build new affordable homes near Burnham-On-Sea attracted mixed
feedback from 80 local people during a special event to display
the plans this week.
District Council and Brent Knoll Parish Council hosted a 'Housing
Project Drop in Session' for residents to view emerging housing
proposals for land in Station Road, Brent Knoll.
Housing Development Manager Duncan Harvey said the event had been
a great success, telling Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We saw a good
turnout with around 80 people coming along to find out more about
our plans for affordable housing for local people here."
original plans for this site were for 18 dwellings but after feedback
it's been reduced to 15 dwellings, including nine affordable homes."
recognise that we're listening to them - the concerns about flooding
and over-development with the first scheme have been acted upon
and we've come back with a more acceptable scheme."
added that the scheme will go to parish councillors before Christmas,
before a full planning application is submitted in early 2018.
could begin in early autumn 2018, dependent on the feedback we get
at the planning stages," added Duncan.
councillor Bob Filmer added: "It was a useful event - we had
a good turnout and generally positive comments."
said, there were a few concerns remaining about the flooding risk
and highways access on a corner, but people are mostly pleased to
see a reduction in the units and understand why a scheme of affordable
housing is needed."
we don't do a development like this, Brent Knoll will become a 'dormitory
village' which no-one wants."
the cheapest homes for sale in the village are £250k so there
is a real need for first-time buyers for these affordable properties."
Gardiner of EG Carter & Co Ltd added: "We saw a mixture
of positive and negative feedback on the scheme, but we welcome
the comments and want to be as transparent as possible."
from EG Carter & Co Ltd, South Western Housing Society, GCP
Architects, Brent Knoll Parish Council, Sedgemoor District Councillors
and members of Sedgemoor District Councils Affordable Housing
Team were available to answer questions.