Fears over 95 new homes

PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 May 2012


FRESH concerns have been raised after a 95-home development in Highbridge earned the support of town councillors.

Fears have been expressed over plans to build 85 two, three and four-bedroom properties and 10 one-bedroom flats after the development was given the green light last week.

The main concerns raised by members of Burnham and Highbridge Town Council included the type of property being proposed in the Highbridge boatyard site, access and limited car parking.

Councillor Chris Williams said: “A lot of people in the area think that maisonettes are going to be put up and maisonettes are basically flats under another name.

“We thought we had assurance from Sedgemoor District Council that there would be no more flats in Highbridge.

“I think on the local plan we should have something like five per cent flats and over the last few years it has been more like 25 per cent.”

Cllr Williams said the more important issue regarding this development involves the problem of site access.

He said: “The proposed access is up through Smith Way, which is very much a residential road, and is where children often play.

“But if this road is used and 95 homes are built at the end, it is going to become much busier and there is a possibility there will be an accident.

“I think we are probably looking to get flats but we should make a big noise so we don’t.

“The point about access is much stronger as it is downright dangerous and I think it would be quite feasible to have access from another site.”

The plans will now be sent to Sedgemoor District Council for a decision.

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