Axbridge residents outraged by plans to build 80 homes

PUBLISHED: 15:00 15 October 2016

The homes are planned for Axbridge.

The homes are planned for Axbridge.

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A town council has objected to an application which caused uproar at a public meeting on Monday.

More than 140 Axbridge residents packed into the Town Hall, in The Square, to hear of plans to build 80 homes – 40 per cent of which will be affordable – off Houlgate Way.

Developer Hannick Homes visited the town to present an outline planning application and answer questions from people living nearby.

But visitors were shocked by the presentation and nobody spoke in favour of the plan.

The developers’ research shows 23 households in Axbridge are in need of affordable housing.

Resident Alan Wells has written to Sedgemoor District Council, who will make the final decision, to outline concerns.

He fears the town’s drainage system could not cope with more housing and the primary school is already near capacity.

Mr Wells also expressed his concerns about increased traffic.

Former mayor and chairman of the Sea Cadet’s Unit Management Team, Barry Hamblin, said: “There is no properly conducted housing needs survey to justify this number of affordable homes.

“The proposed incorporation of these affordable homes is nothing more than window dressing.”

Axbridge Town Council objected over concerns about the visual impact, environmental issues and a lack of infrastructure in the town capable of supporting 80 extra households.

Mayor Ian Laken said: “It is felt by the town council the application should have been more detailed to enable a more informed response from both the public and the council.”

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