reassures residents over 130 homes plan for Highbridge field
District Council has this week reassured Highbridge residents that
the potential sale of a public field to make room for a huge proposed
new housing development will be 'subject to a full public consultation
council spoke out amid ongoing concern surrounding emerging plans
for 130 new homes to be built on an area of land next to the current
Lakeside housing development in Highbridge.
to Burnham-On-Sea.com, council spokeswoman Claire Faun said: "Sedgemoor
District Council is aware of emerging proposals for new housing
on the field adjacent to the Lakeside development at Highbridge.
These are being progressed by a local developer and a public consultation
event took place in Highbridge on June 18th."
of the land in the proposal is owned by Sedgemoor District Council,
with the remainder of the land is privately owned by a few individuals."
the field is not formal open space it is still currently protected
from development through planning policy. However, given the need
to significantly increase the supply of new housing, a national
priority, the Councils new Local Plan anticipates that some
new housing will be delivered on this site during the next five
years but it will be essential to include a substantial area of
high quality open space within any scheme."
as partial landowner, has agreed to allow the developer to explore
the possibility of development on its land. Any sale of SDC owned
land would be subject to a public consultation exercise. Any decision
to sell would have to gain the Executive Committees approval."
of Tuesday, no planning application has been received by Sedgemoor
District Council. Should a planning application be submitted it
will be considered by the councils Development Committee in
consultation evening is planned by the applicant. It will take place
on July 5th from 7pm-8.30pm at the Town Council Chambers in Jaycroft
Road, Burnham-On-Sea (TA8 1LE).
first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com here,
Toni Hammick plans to transform the publicly-owned field into a
new development of homes on land between Lakeside and the Isleport
Clarke, pictured above, is leading a group of residents
called the 'Lakeside Residents Public Open Space Committee' to air
their opinions and "ensure their views are properly considered."
30 residents are in the group.
flocked to a recent consultation event at Highbridge Community Centre
where the applicant received a barrage of concerns about the scheme.
Hammick, pictured below right, who was present at
the recent consultation event, admitted to Burnham-On-Sea.com that
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."