Town fears for its future as Sedgemoor District Council lead question and answer on its Local Plan
PUBLISHED: 08:00 27 February 2017 | UPDATED: 10:30 27 February 2017
A Somerset town with a struggling infrastructure is expected to accommodate a share of 576 new houses and the community fears the worst.
Sedgemoor District Council’s Local Plan could see more than 2,000 homes built across the district to deal with rising housing demand.
Andrew Reading, who works in planning at the council, addressed more than 40 people in Axbridge Town Hall, in The Square, on Monday to explain what the plan had in store for the town, which included a minimum of 70 houses.
The main worry among the town’s people was the lack of infrastructure which would have to support the new families.
One resident said: “It seems to me all you want to do is allocate housing to the area without looking at what we need and what restrictions there are.
“The doctors’ surgery is overflowing, there is no space to expand the primary school, there is only one bus which runs through the village every hour and flooding is a problem in the area.”
Resident Barry Hamblin, who is also one of the town’s former mayors, said the plan was not ‘definitive’ and lacked ‘positive planning’.
He added: “There is a housing need but it has not been linked with infrastructure.”
The plan aims to address flood risks, poor transport links, housing demand and environmental preservation.
Many members of the public did not agree with Sedgemoor’s evaluation of the town as a tier two settlement – which means it has a sufficient enough infrastructure to cope with housing but still has to rely on neighbouring communities – apposed to a tier three settlement.
To leave a comment on the Local Plan, visit www.sedgemoor.gov.uk/localplan before March 17.