Final decision pending for 95 new homes

PUBLISHED: 12:00 06 June 2012 | UPDATED: 14:18 06 June 2012


A FINAL decision on whether 95 new homes will be built in Highbridge has been deferred for a site visit - which councillors say will give people a final chance to express their opposition.

Fears have been expressed over plans to build 85 two, three and four-bedroom properties and 10 one-bedroom flats in Clyce Road after the planning application earned the support of Burnham and Highbridge town councillors in April.

The plans were then forwarded to Sedgemoor District Council’s development control committee for a decision, but district councillors decided to hold fire on their verdict until they have inspected the site.

A committee visit has been scheduled for July 16.

Town councillor Helen Groves has been nominated by residents to outline their concerns during that visit.

She said: “I’ve had emails from residents following the development control meeting. They registered their objections as only one person can speak at the site visit.”

The main concerns which Cllr Groves will be highlighting on the day include the type of property being proposed in the Highbridge boatyard site, access, infrastructure and contributions to the neighbourhood from the developer.

Cllr Groves said: “People are really unhappy about the amount of flats being built within the area. There is an excessive amount of maisonettes and flats in the area which are quite visible from the site.

“There is a real need for family housing and housing for old people as there is only a small provision of that within the Highbridge area.

“There is also a need for investment and infrastructure, particularly regarding education. It’s a reiteration of what we have said before, regarding their policy.

“I hope they will listen - I guess we will have to wait and see.”

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