speak out as plans for 130 homes in Highbridge go on show
for a controversial new development of 130 homes in Highbridge are
set to go on show at a public consultation event in the town today
first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com here,
local property developer Toni Hammick plans to transform a publicly-owned
field into a new development of 'affordable' homes on land between
Lakeside and the Isleport Business Park.
consultation event, which is open to all, will be held at Highbridge
Community Centre from 3-6pm when the developer will be on hand to
answer questions, discuss the proposals and hear feedback on the
Clarke, pictured above, is leading a group of residents
called the 'Lakeside Residents Public Open Space Committee' to "ensure
their views are properly considered" in the planning process.
Many of the 30 residents will be attending today's meeting.
residents have already been expressing their concerns about the
scheme during recent days on Burnham-On-Sea.com's Facebook page.
Leman said: "The A38 is congested every evening. This development
would only add to the problem."
Gregory added: "I live in Lakeside and will absolutely go to
the meeting. Don't agree with the development at all and will make
my feelings completely clear. It should be left to the wildlife
and the pathways cleared so people can actually enjoy a bit of wildlife
in the middle of an already overbuilt area."
Tillam said: "I will fight this all the way... I will get Greenpeace
down. Anything to stop this going through, it's long over due that
the residents have the rights not the planners."
Clarke added: "Leave it as it is! Before long our wildlife
will be extinct and it will become a concrete jungle."
comes amid concern at the poor condition of a public footpath running
alongside the proposed development site which residents believe
is being "deliberately run down" to strengthen the argument
for the new development.
property developer Toni Hammick, pictured, recently revealed
her 'concept plans' for the site in March. The development of 'affordable'
homes is on land between Lakeside and Isleport.
admitted the scheme "may be controversial" due to the
proposed loss of a publicly-owned field. The site is owned by five
owners, one of whom is Sedgemoor District Council.
loss of any public open space is always a very sensitive issue,
but if we can provide quality open space then the reduction may
be acceptable" she added, explaining that a fitness trail and
children's play area would be provided alongside the new homes.
field is under-used at the moment and is usually kept locked by
Sedgemoor District Council to prevent anti-social behaviour,"
said Toni. "We are not proposing to put more 'boxes' here,
but a bespoke development of affordable housing to fully suit the