Residents in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have this week been asked for their views on a new Neighbourhood Plan which will determine how the two towns develop in the future.

The new Plan, published this week, outlines future housing needs and development in Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge and the parish of Burnham Without.

“The purpose of the Plan is to guide and shape development in the two towns in the future,” explained town councillor Phil Harvey, pictured, who oversaw the compilation of the document.

“The plan addresses several points – for Burnham, these include retaining the viability of our town in the face of retail pressures, retaining the town’s Victorian character, and ensuring it is suitable to visitors.”

Feedback is being sought by Sedgemoor District Council on the Plan until November 21st before a final version is issued. A referendum is also to be held in Burnham and Highbridge next year on adopting it. The submitted plan is available here.

A Sedgemoor District Council spokeswoman said this week: “In September, Sedgemoor District Council received a submission of a neighbourhood plan for the Burnham and Highbridge area.”

“We are satisfied that this submission meets with the requirements of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations 2012 and in accordance with those regulations, as Local Planning Authority, we are publicising the plan for a minimum period of six weeks from 10th October 2017 to 21st November 2017.”

The plan has been compiled with the involvement of local residents and groups, including the Town Council, Sedgemoor District Council and Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade.

Representations are invited on the plan by 5.00pm on 21st November 2017. It can also be inspected at Sedgemoor District Council offices, Bridgwater House, King Square, Bridgwater, TA6 3AR, Opening hours: Monday – Friday 8.45am – 5pm.