November 1, 2017
for 95 new homes in Highbridge approved by town councillors
to build 95 new homes at a former industrial park in Highbridge
have been approved by town councillors this week.
of new bungalows and houses is proposed for the site of the former
Delta Engineering company in Newtown Road, pictured here.
Hammock from developer Property Link outlined the major proposals
at a meeting of the Town Councils Planning Applications committee
on Monday evening (October 30th).
recognised theres a need for more bungalows in Highbridge
so 36 will be built here, even though developers generally dont
like them," she said.
are trying to create a small community here, including open space
with a nice green area to walk."
original application, granted in 2014, gave us approval for up to
105 dwellings but we dont want to over-intensify the development
so were looking at 95 dwellings instead."
will be a nice spread of units across the site suitable for first-time
buyers, families and the older population with 59 houses
and 36 bungalows."
added that the developer will provide a £105,000 contribution
towards new flood defences in the town, plus £200,832 towards
the local education budget.
has been a concern for some local residents and the developer plans
to provide 203 spaces across the site to address the concerns. She
added that the Somerset Highways requirement is for 154 spaces.
"Weve over-provided, not under-provided," she said.
added that the plans align well with Sedgemoor District Councils
vision for the town and Burnham and Highbridge Town Councils
Peter Burridge-Clayton agreed: "I support this it totally
fits in with the Neighbourhood Plan and Vision and its great
to see contributions towards flood defences and education."
Louise Parkin added: "Im thrilled with the community
being created here with a good mix of housing. Its great that
you have had the courage to build bungalows even though those are
not as profitable as houses. Phenomenal."
John Parkes agreed, adding: "You are to be applauded with this
scheme when we have seen the over-development of sites so often
elsewhere in Highbridge which is creating severe issues with our
Nick Tolley said: "It is pleasing to see a moderate new development,
not another concrete jungle."
councillors voted unanimously in support of the scheme. Planning
permission was previously granted for the scheme in December 2014
and this new application is a reserved matters application
for the site from Stratton Land Limited. The final decision rests
with Sedgemoor District Council.