More than 2,000 homes could be built in Somerset according to Sedgemoor District Council’s Local Plan – have your say
PUBLISHED: 08:00 16 February 2017 | UPDATED: 10:43 16 February 2017
More than 2,000 homes could be built across Somerset under new plans outlined by Sedgemoor District Council.
The plan aims to address key issues affecting Sedgemoor, including flood risks, poor transport links, housing demand and environmental preservation.
One of the main purposes is to highlight where there is a need for housing and which areas are most suitable for future developments.
Sedgemoor has estimated 6,258 houses will be needed to deal with the rising and ageing population, with a large number of these homes planned for Bridgwater.
After the evaluation, it graded different towns and villages as either tier one, two or three settlements.
An area which could survive on its own was placed in tier one, however communities which had good opportunities but relied on its neighbours were placed in the tier two bracket.
Burnham and Highbridge were deemed to be market towns due to the strong economic and social infrastructure, as well as a number of opportunities for employment.
If the plan is approved, the towns will be allocated 850 houses which will need to be built by 2032.
Cheddar has been classified as a tier one village due to its good services and facilities, access to education and medical care and its role as a popular tourist destination.
Axbridge and Wedmore are rated as tier two settlements as they are seen as reliant on neighbouring towns and villages.
According to the plan, Cheddar will need to build more than 500 houses before 2032 while Axbridge and Wedmore and eight other communities must build a share of 576 houses.
Berrow, Brean and Shipham are just a few of the villages in Sedgemoor which were classified as tier three settlements due to their basic level services.
The plan takes into account the environmental issues in each village and the habitats which will need to be protected.
There are two Areas Of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the district as well as a number of rare habitats which Sedgemoor aims to protect.
Members of the public now have the opportunity to ask questions and find out more about the plan before it moves on to the next stage.
Consultations will take place at Axbridge Town Hall, in The Square, on Monday from 3.30-6pm and at Cheddar Village Hall, in Church Street, on Wednesday from 2.30-7pm.