Decision on controversial homes plan delayed

PUBLISHED: 14:00 26 May 2011

It's hoped a decision will now be made on June 21

It's hoped a decision will now be made on June 21


OPPONENTS of a controversial plan to build houses in Burnham will have to wait a little longer to see if the proposal has been given the go ahead.

A decision on a bid by Persimmon Homes to build 51 homes on land next to Lawrence Close and Wallace Wells Road was due to be made by Sedgemoor District Council on Tuesday evening, but will now be decided next month due to outstanding ‘drainage issues’.

The company has had two previous applications to build homes on the land turned down, with residents on neighbouring roads opposed to the scheme as they think it will increase the risk of flooding in the area.

Burnham and Highbridge town councillor Chris Williams said: “We think there’s a problem at that site with the potential for flooding.

“We think that the proposed buildings wouldn’t fit in with the surrounding streets, and there’s considerable doubt that larger vehicles, such as waste collection lorries, would be able to get in there and turn.”

Saying that the council and the Environment Agency still weren’t happy about drainage arrangements in the proposal, a spokesman for the authority said it was hoped the application would now be heard on June 21.

Carl Haley, managing director for Persimmon Homes Severn Valley said: “Following our consultations we have gathered information and addressed the initial concerns over our proposed site.

“We are working closely with all relevant authorities to ensure our proposed development meets their requirements and brings much needed new homes to the local area.”

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