Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Neighbourhood Plan unveiled
in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being asked for their views
on a new Neighbourhood Plan which has been published this week,
showing how the towns could develop over the coming years.
new draft document has been published
here and covers Burnham-On-Sea town centre, the seafront, Highbridge,
and the parish of Burnham Without.
purpose of the Plan is to guide and shape development in the two
towns in the future," said Cllr Phil Harvey at the latest Town
plan addresses several points - for Burnham, these include retaining
the viability of our town in the face of retail pressures, retaining
the town's Victorian character, and ensuring it is suitable to visitors."
Highbridge, the Plan considers how to halt the perceived decline
of the town centre which some see as 'past its best and struggling'.
Many residents are concerned that things have been done to the town,
rather than with the involvement of residents."
added that if Highbridge gets 1,300 new homes over the coming years
that "Market Street's shops may no longer be fit for purpose
to serve that bigger population."
document is also a long-term plan that includes a review of local
green spaces and future housing needs.
six-week consultation period is set to start this month, during
which time a leaflet is being distributed to every household in
Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge with more information. The deadline
for feedback will be May 15th.
Louise Parkin congratuled Cllr Harvey and all those who have contributed
to the plan, but told the latest town council meeting that she has
concerns about a possible loss of parking in the towns. "I
would be fervently against any loss of parking - it needs to be
increased for visitors and residents. It would be foolhardy and
to the detriment of the local retail sector to reduce parking."
added that she also feels seeking local labour agreements to be
put in place for new business is not realistic.
plan has been compiled with the involvement of many local residents
and groups, including Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade, the Town
Council and Sedgemoor District Council.
Harvey added: "This version of the Burnham and Highbridge Neighbourhood
Plan is for public consultation prior to submission to Sedgemoor
District Council. Representations made on this document will feed
into the Submission version of the Neighbourhood Plan for submission
to Sedgemoor District Council prior to examination and referendum."