'needs new school and GP surgery before 400 new homes'
town councillors turned down proposals for 400 new homes in Highbridge
last night (Monday) amid fresh fears about a lack of new schools
and medical centres to support the population growth.
council's Planning Applications Committee unanimously voted against
the proposals for a new 400-home development to the east of Isleport
Lane that is part of Sedgemoor's Local Plan, first reported here
John Parkes told the meeting: "Highbridge is fast becoming
the 'new housing capital of the south west'. Here we go again considering
more dwellings without extra facilities. It's getting past a joke."
town is already bursting at the seams. We don't want more homes.
There are considerable demands being placed on the infrastructure
of Highbridge - on traffic, schooling and medical facilities."
Louise Parkin added: "It's a problem in Burnham too - some
people have to wait two weeks for medical appointments here already."
with Churchfield at full capacity, what do they propose to do with
all the extra children - bus them to school in Taunton?"
chairman Cllr Andy Brewer said: "It's not sustainable - this
level of development is just too much in this location."
Cllr Peter Burridge Clayton added: "It's worth noting that
even if we did get a new medical centre, getting doctors is very
difficult and nurses almost impossible - even if we were to get
a building in the long term."
Parkin also voiced concerns about traffic numbers at the site, with
vehicles having to use an "already exceedingly busy, fast-moving
also noted that the proposed site is located very close to the motorway.
Cllr Parkes added: "This isn't a great site for housing - Sedgemoor
will have to do a lot of work on noise measures, it's so close to
Brewer agreed: "Some sort of a bund would be needed - Sedgemoor
are aware that noise reduction measures would be needed."
Monday's meeting, councillors noted that a new school and medical
centre are planned to be built in the later stages of the Brue Farm
Bill Hancock said: "Once we have a new school and medical centre
in situ at Brue Farm then we might reconsider further homes, but
until then it's not feasible."
the Town Council committee's objection against the scheme, the final
decision rests with Sedgemoor District Council.