revealed for 670 new homes in Burnham and Highbridge area
for hundreds of new homes in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area
have been unveiled in a new council document published this week.
Sedgemoor District Council has unveiled its draft Local Plan, which
identifies potential new housing sites in the area for the next
15 years, pictured here.
the Burnham area, the council has highlighted two 'green field'
development sites. 400 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
plan - which is now out for consultation - sets out ambitious growth
targets to meet housing and employment provision across Sedgemoor
up to the year 2032 and is is based on a range of technical evidence.
key critical issues the Local Plan seeks to address for Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge are ensuring the relative roles of the town are strengthened
whether that be as a significant tourist destination, service centre
or local centre; improving the towns' self-containment and reducing
the need to travel; promoting regeneration that contributes to the
priorities of the area; ensuring development delivers essential
infrastructure; and taking into account the environmental sensitivities
of the area, including national and international nature conservation
designations and high flood risk," says a council spokesman.
residents are being encouraged to have their say on the proposals
and Sedgemoor District Council has organised several local drop-in
events, as well as having the document online
drop-in events are being held locally on February 6th at the Community
Hall in Highbridge from 2pm-7pm; 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
Plan sets out where new housing and employment provision will be
built over the coming years, so it is really important that people
come along and talk to staff from Sedgemoors Planning Policy
Team or make their views known on the proposals online.
"Any new growth is always a contentious issue, that is why
the next stage in the process is when all objections to the plan
will be considered by an independent inspector at a public examination,
likely to take place later this year," added the spokesperson.
Documents 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.
Plan builds upon the previous consultations undertaken during 2015
and 2016 and detailed sustainability appraisal work.
"The plan includes an overall strategy for distributing growth
amongst the districts towns and villages detailed allocations
for houses and employment at the larger settlements, an approach
for delivering comprehensive infrastructure, and detailed policies
that will be used when looking at planning applications."
strategy seeks to strike a balance between promoting brownfield
sites, reducing the extent of development within areas of long term
flood risk, reducing people's need to travel and protecting the
natural environment whilst still ensuring there is a supply of sites
that can be developed and provide much needed new homes and jobs.
"Policies in the plan will ensure that much needed affordable
housing will be delivered alongside other essential infrastructure.
The plan also provides for new opportunities for small scale growth
in the smaller rural villages to meet local needs as well as setting
out new policy support for self-build or self-commissioned housing
further providing help and support for people wishing to build their
details on how to do this can be found on the Councils web
site at www.sedgemoor.gov.uk/LocalPlan.