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Revised housing plans ‘do not address any objections’

PUBLISHED: 13:00 03 December 2017

The council and residents objected to the housing plan.

The council and residents objected to the housing plan.

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Plans to build 80 homes in a Somerset town have been redrawn, but residents and the local council are still outraged by the proposal.

Last year, Hannick Homes asked Sedgemoor District Council for outline planning permission to build 80 houses, 40 per cent of which would be affordable, in Houlgate Way in Axbridge.

The plans have subsequently been altered by Hannick Homes this month and the number of proposed houses has been reduced from 80 to 53.

However, in the plan’s design and access statement the developer has still expressed an ambition of building the original 80 houses, now proposed in two phases.

Axbridge Town Council clerk Vicky Brice wrote to the developer on behalf of the council to reiterate its objection to the original plans, which were submitted in September 2016.

She wrote: “This is not, in fact, an amended application.

“While the covering letter from Sedgemoor District suggests the application has been amended to show a proposed development of up to 53 dwellings, the ‘revised’ plans within the design and access statement still incorporates the remaining 27 houses.

“This site is outside the development boundary and is neither council-led, nor has the support of the community.

“The revised application has not addressed any of the objections raised by the town council, which still stand.”

The plans have now received more than 200 responses since its original submission and will now go to the district council for the final decision.

They include public open spaces including a children’s play area and new access points to the main road.

There will also be new footpaths and improved greenery and ponds to promote wildlife in the area.

In its revised plans, Hannick Homes has said the houses will vary in sizes and styles and will ‘reflect the local vernacular of Axbridge’.

But residents are still concerned about how the town’s infrastructure will cope, with schools and doctors’ surgeries already at capacity and junctions which have previous been called ‘dangerous’.

More than 140 people gathered in the Town Hall, in The Square, last year to hear about the developer’s plans and voice their anger about the proposal.

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