Referendum sees residents give the green light to neighbourhood plan

Burnham and Highbridge mayor Bill Hancock with the plans. Picture: Cherry Pullinger

Burnham and Highbridge mayor Bill Hancock with the plans. Picture: Cherry Pullinger - Credit: Archant

People living in Burnham and Highbridge have decided to adopt a neighbourhood plan, which sets out guidelines for developers submitting planning applications in the area.

A turnout of 17.2 per cent of people voted in the referendum, with 2,658 for the plan and 358 against it.

The neighbourhood plan was designed to give people more control over a potential development where they live, which will now be adopted by Sedgemoor District Council as a planning policy for both towns.

It will take into consideration the protection of green space and valued buildings, including the use of land and where new homes should be built in the area.

It has been developed by groups and people living in both towns, including Burnham and Highbridge’s council and Sedgemoor.

For more information, visit www.sedgemoor.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplanning