Brue Farm drainage concerns and footpath move debated
have been raised this week about drainage and plans to re-route
a public footpath at the proposed site of the Brue Farm housing
development in Highbridge.
a meeting of the Town Councils Planning Applications Committee
on Wednesday evening (October 10th), councillors considered the
'reserved matters application' from Hallam Land Management for the
first phase of the development will see 74 new homes built on the
outskirts of Highbridge, but councillors are concerned that drainage
and foul water could drain into the nearby River Brue.
John Parkes told the meeting: "I have received several concerns
from residents in Market Street about where the foul water will
be released from the site, given that there was soom flooding back
in Easter this year. It was felt that the Drainage Board didn't
listen to their concerns."
Andy Brewer added: "There's always a danger during extreme
wet weather that some foul water will run into the river with flood
water. We all remember that TV pictures from last winter of flooding
in other parts of the country and hope that never happens here."
applicant also wants to relocate the current public footpath running
across the site to a new route running closer to the River Brue
at the edge of the housing development.
John Parkes said: "Given all thats going on at Lakeside
and Walrow at the moment, I have concerns that this is creating
a template for other footpath changes and could be setting a precedent."
councillors reviewed a statement from Somerset County Council's
Rights Of Way Officer explaining the conditions that are being put
on the developer and supported the footpath changes.
voted to accept the footpath changes but raised concerns about the
drainage issues. A final decision will be taken by Sedgemoor District