New homes plan for Highbridge discussed at meeting

PUBLISHED: 15:05 18 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:06 18 July 2018

People gather to discuss plan for 121 new homes in Highbridge.

People gather to discuss plan for 121 new homes in Highbridge.

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More than 50 people attended a meeting to take part in a debate about a proposed housing development in the town on Thursday.

People gather to discuss plan for 121 new homes in Highbridge.People gather to discuss plan for 121 new homes in Highbridge.

People flocked to Burnham and Highbridge Town Council to voice their concerns about a controversial plan to build 121 homes in a public field next to Lakeside.

This comes after housing development company Property Link Consultants proposed to build 130 new homes in the area in March.

Managing director for the company, Toni Hammick, headed a presentation and stated the developer had ‘listened to concerns’ raised in a previous meeting in June and has since made amendments to the plans.

But Ms Hammick was met by strong opposition when people fired questions to her and her development team about poor road access, loss of public open space and the protection of wildlife in the area if the development was to go ahead.

People gather to discuss plan for 121 new homes in Highbridge.People gather to discuss plan for 121 new homes in Highbridge.

Highbridge resident Craig Mallinson, aged 47 said: “Sedgemoor District Council needed to be here to say why this is a good thing for Highbridge.

“Our town won’t have a post office soon and some of us can’t get a doctor’s appointment, so the structure just isn’t there.

“I’m not suggesting people don’t want homes, but we need them in areas big enough to house the development.”

Property Link amended plans to relocate a block of flats on the Northern boundary of the development which would result in homes being no more than two storeys high.

People gather to discuss plan for 121 new homes in Highbridge.People gather to discuss plan for 121 new homes in Highbridge.

Ms Hammick also stated the developer would gift more than £300,000 towards building infrastructure in the town.

Ms Hammick said: “We understand that people don’t want a development on their back doorstep.

“However, this site is within the permitted boundary we can build on and it is highly appropriate to develop this site.”

“The build is also within Sedgemoor District Council’s five year land supply as a site for residential development.

“The developer has listened to those concerns raised in our previous meeting and will continue to do so when moving forward with the plans.”

No planning application for the development has currently been submitted to Sedgemoor District Council.

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