Major plans for a huge new development of 550 new homes with a new school and nursery in Highbridge have moved a step closer this week with the approval of the first phase of the construction work.

Town councillors have this week approved a ‘reseved matters’ planning application from Hallam Land Management for the Brue Farm site next to the Huntspill Road on the outskirts of Highbridge.

This application covers ‘Phase 1A’ of the development, focussing on the design, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale of 74 homes as part of the bigger 550-home development.

Brue Farm will be a mixed-use development of up to 550 dwellings, with a new primary school, nursery and associated roadways.

The application is the first submitted since the developer secured outline planning permission for 550 homes on the site back in 2013.

Town councillors this week expressed concern over potential flooding issues and a lack of solar panels, plus access onto the site via the busy A38, but councillors unanimously voted to support the application.

The final consent will be given by Sedgemoor District Council. The district council’s planning department is welcoming comments until August 21st, 2018. The application number is 11/18/070.