that Highbridge will be 'over-developed to the hilt' by new homes
"is being over-developed to the hilt" with new homes,
one town councillor warned last night (Monday) as proposals for
hundreds of new homes were debated.
last night's meeting, Cllr John Parkes asked for justification from
Sedgemoor District Council on why 670 new homes are being earmarked
for two locations in Highbridge in its new 15-Year Local Plan.
first reported here
by Burnham-On-Sea.com last week, Sedgemoor's Local Plan identifies
potential new housing sites across the area up to the year 2032.
new homes could be built on fields to the south of Brue Farm between
Highbridge and West Huntspill, and 270 new homes could be built
on land to the east of Isleport Lane, besides the motorway.
Reading from Sedgemoor District Council said during Monday's meeting
that the sites will "help sustainability, increase footfall
in Highbridge, and promote regeneration."
added that fields to the north of Burnham, between Stoddens Road
and Berrow, had also been considered but "few land owners have
come forward to show interest."
to the east of Burnham's Frank Foley Parkway and at Alstone have
also not been selected for the new plan due to "landscape impacts
and a higher flood risk."
Phil Harvey asked when the two Highbridge schemes would likely be
completed. He was told that 2020 for the Isleport site is possible,
subject to planning permission, and longer for Brue Farm. He pushed
Sedgemoor District Council to put more focus on Burnham North preparatory
Parkes, pictured, added that infrastructure such as schools
and medical centres are a key concern for many residents if new
homes are built. "We need a new medical centre in Highbridge
but that won't be built until the 249th new house is built at Brue
Farm - too long a wait."
Reading replied: "We look carefully at demand for extra facilities,
balancing it alongside the need of developers to make a return from
a site. The new facilities are provided once demand has been generated."
Reading, pictured, added that the plan has identified a wider need
for 13,530 new homes across Sedgemoor between now and the year 2032.
proposals are out for public consultation and local residents are
being encouraged to have their say on the plans. Sedgemoor District
Council has organised several local drop-in events, as well as providing
the document online
drop-in events are being held locally on February 8th at Burnham's
Princess Theatre from 3pm-7pm; February 15th at the Village Hall
in Wedmore from 3pm-7pm; and February 27th at the Church Room in
Puriton from 3pm-7pm.
are also available to inspect at the Council offices at Bridgwater
House, King Square, Bridgwater, TA6 3AR Monday to Friday
9.00am to 5.00pm, and at public libraries in the district during
normal opening hours. The consultation period ends at 5pm on March
two development sites for new housing - east of the Isleport Business
Park and at Brue Farm