Neighbourhood Plan 'could bring funding boost to towns'
proposed Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Neighbourhood Plan that is
subject to a referendum on September 20th could lead to more local
control over how money for housing developments is spent in the
area, it has been claimed this week.
Town Council and Burnham Without Parish Council say a levy on future
homes, excluding social housing, built in the area could mean greater
funds are passed on to the two towns.
on behalf of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council, Cllr Phil
Harvey, who chaired the group of residents who drew up the Plan,
said: "The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is payable on
certain developments such as new build houses, conversions, large
domestic extensions and, also, extends to hotels, supermarkets and
retail warehouses. CIL is typically paid by the applicant requiring
planning consent or the landowner."
is charged per square metre of proposed floor space and the rate
rises slightly each year. For 2018, its £42.87 for urban residences,
£85.74 for rural residences, £107.18 for supermarkets
and retail and £10.72 for hotels. There are some exceptions
for self-builds, residential extensions and annexes, social housing,
charities and exceptional circumstances."
the moment the Town Council and Burnham Without Parish Council receive
15%, excluding surcharges, of the CIL as a Meaningful Proportion
to spend on items that address the demands that development places
on an area such as infrastructure. If there is a Neighbourhood Plan
in place this then rises to 25%, excluding surcharges. This could
potentially bring thousands of pounds into the area."
Burnham and Highbridge residents are being asked to decide whether
the 2014-2032 Plan, which could bring more CIL to the area, should
be adopted as part of the planning policy in a referendum on September
Harvey added: "It would be a really positive step for our local
community to have a say over a larger percentage of the CIL money.
The town itself will be able to make more meaningful decisions about
local developments and help to shape its own future."
on September 20, most residents decide to vote for the Plan it will
mean together we can create an environment where we can all live,
work and play happily. Collectively we can create something that
is good for the whole community and can be enjoyed by us all now
and by future generations too, for the benefit of our children and
grandchildren as well."
our own Plan would mean Sedgemoor District Council would be obliged
to use it when determining future planning applications for our
two towns. It will also give us some control over our town centres,
a say on what new buildings and homes would look like and it would
give us the opportunity to influence the provision of infrastructure."
if the majority of residents vote no in the referendum
we will not be able to adopt our community Plan and Sedgemoor policies
alone will apply, as they currently do now."
Plan can be seen in full online
here and copies can also be viewed at the Town Council offices,
Burnham Library, Highbridge Library, Highbridge Community Hall,
BiARS and the Community Centre in Berrow Road.
those eligible to vote in the referendum will have voting cards
and those that have requested postal votes will have received their
ballot papers on September 6 or 7.
and Highbridge Town Council and Burnham Without Parish Council are
hoping for a high turnout for the vote on September 20.
Plan is very important to the whole community. Its designed
to bring real benefits to local people and includes protection of
our significant open spaces from inappropriate development by designating
them as local green spaces. This will give extra protection
to Apex Park, Burnham Road playing fields and Southwell Gardens
in Highbridge and Marine Cove, Manor Gardens, Crosses Pen and South
Esplanade Lawns in Burnham, so they can be enjoyed and used as they
should be for generations to come."
Plan will be good for business and employment too by supporting
the retention of retail and work opportunities in Highbridge town
centre. Theres support as well for green policies
in the new Isleport Business Park and with any new housing being
built. For example, there is encouragement for the provision of
points for charging electric cars."
Burnham, it covers, in any redevelopment proposed, the retention
of the best aspects of the High Street area and provides details
on possibilities to establish a Town Square in Princess
Street. There are strategies to ensure that, in any redevelopment
of Pier Street car park, the whole car park is covered by a comprehensive
Neighbourhood Plan also aims to enhance the environment for local
residents with policies to ensure that new housing is built to high
design standards with priority given to pedestrians and cyclists,
and the creation of networks of streets, paths and accesses, which
are pleasant and safe to use. In addition, flood mitigation measures
would be put in place to protect new homes and businesses."
Neighbourhood Plan is a community initiative and non-political and
must always be referred to as thus. It covers three topics: Highbridge,
Central Burnham and Housing.
Top, Mayor of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge, Bill Hancock and Alistair
Gordon, Chairman of Burnham Without with the Neighbourhood Plan