voice concerns over plan for 130 new Highbridge homes
60 residents attended a public consultation event in Highbridge
on Monday (June 18th) where controversial plans went on show for
130 new homes.
first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com here,
Toni Hammick plans to transform a publicly-owned field into a new
development of homes on land between Lakeside and the Isleport Business
from the area flocked to Monday's consultation event at Highbridge
Community Centre where the applicant received a barrage of concerns
about the scheme.
Chamber of Trade's Mike Murphy added: "It's really sad that
so many new homes are being planned for such a small site. The net
site area is 2.582 hectares so there's 47 dwellings per hectare
planned - the normal is 30 or less. This would be extremely dense
and cannot be allowed. The smallest dwelling is just 20ft x 20ft
for a 2-bed place!"
concerned about the disruption to Lakeside residents due to the
single access route. We were hoping for more of a village feel to
the site, but this is just a very tight housing estate. I want a
full review of this proposal."
Lakeside resident, Shaun Coggins, told Burnham-On-Sea.com during
the session: "I'm really concerned about the single access
route onto the proposed site. With 130 new homes, we could see up
to 300 extra vehicles a day driving past our homes. I have no objection
about the homes, just the fact that there is only one way in and
out past our homes - they must find another access route."
resident, who asked not to be named, added: "The whole site
has been designed without any thought to local people living nearby
already. It's an over-development that's utterly out of keeping
with the surrounding area with major access concerns. We will be
fighting this all the way - it must not be allowed to go ahead."
Hammick, pictured below, who was present at Monday's event,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com the plans are "certainly controversial."
added: "When you have been living next to a field for a long
time of course there will be lots of concerns when proposals like
this come along."
main concerns have been around access, but we have looked into this
and there are no other access routes onto the site available and
highways have already said they are happy with it."
added that some locals had "welcomed" the news that funding
from the Asda and Aldi developments would enable a "fitness
trail and quality play space" to be created at the site. "There
would be less public open space than at the moment, but an area
would be maintained."
proposes to hold a separate, follow-up publlic presentation and
talk soon to take questions from residents and give them an opportunity
to give feedback. More details to follow on Burnham-On-Sea.com.