District councillors have deferred their final decision on whether controversial plans for 47 new homes at Walrow in Highbridge should be approved until they have take a site visit.

At a meeting in Bridgwater last week, members of the Development Committee considered the proposals for land to the north of Walrow in Walrow Road.

After reviewing the plans and considering 123 letters of objection from local residents, councilors decided to take a site visit this Thursday (February 28th) at 9.30am to see the location for themselves.

The plans – which cover a development of new flats and houses – have been recommended for approval by Sedgemoor’s case officer.

Residents have raised a number of concerns including over-development, insufficient infrastructure for additional houses, highway safety and proximity of access to the bridge, traffic congestion, out of keeping housing, plus a negative impact on wildlife and ecology, and a loss of green space.

Town councillors also expressed raised an official objection against the plans when they initially reviewed the scheme last autumn.

The Town Council objected on the grounds of inadequate highways access, over-development of the site, insufficient flood prevention measures, poor infrastructure, and detrimental to wildlife.

Highbridge district councillor Roger Keen spoke out during last week’s meeting against the plans. He cited concerns over transport, ecology, flooding risks and the weak Walrow bridge not being able to support more vehicles.