for 1,300 new homes in Burnham-On-Sea look set to be ruled out
Proposals for over 1,300 new homes to be built on fields north of
Burnham-On-Sea's Stoddens Road are 'unlikely to proceed for at least
15 years', it has emerged this week.
a district council meeting on Wednesday (January 17th) to review
the local new housing needs as part of Sedgemoor's Local Plan, a
number of concerns were raised about developing the two north Burnham
sites, shown on the map above.
2015, we reported
here that Sedgemoor District Council had identified land north
of Stoddens Road as a possible area for new housing. It said 300
homes could be built in the area marked D, and a further 1,000 new
homes could be built on land stretching up to Brent Road, marked
the Environment Agency told Wednesday's meeting that it has concerns
about flooding on the low-lying land.
councillor Phil Harvey, pictured, who attended the meeting,
said: "Evidence was taken from Sedgemoor officers, the Environment
Agency and highway agency and a consultant representing the owner
of land north of Stoddens Road."
is a so-called 'omission site'- one included in the list of available
sites but not chosen in the Loca Plan itself for development."
Inspector considered each site under a variety of headings such
as ecology, sustainability, viability etc - about 12 categories
Highways Agency will require works to increase capacity, regardless
of whichever schemes go ahead."
Environment Agency said they would oppose the Stoddens Lane development
as no work has been done on dealing with the risks of flooding in
this area and they have no plans or funds to do any in the foreseeable
added: "The planning inspector said new sites like the one
north of Stoddens Road would only be considered if the sites already
in the plan cannot be delivered within the plan period which runs
until 2032," he added.
think it is very unlikely that the land north of Stoddens Road will
be developed, however it is the planning inspector who will have
the final say."
two housing sites identified for new housing in Burnham-On-Sea and
Highbridge that are included in the Local Plan are Brue Farm 'phase
2' and a separate development off Isleport Lane.