green spaces 'to be protected' by Neighbourhood Plan
Neighbourhood Plan written by Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge residents
that will be voted on this Thursday (September 20th) includes extra
protection for some of the towns' best-loved green areas.
with other environmentally-sound policies and those touching on
better housing and supporting businesses and employment, under the
plan, important open areas will be designated as local green
of the group of residents who drew up the Plan and spokesperson
for Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge Town Council, Councillor Phil
Harvey, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Our community-driven Plan
includes securing the future of our two towns most important
open spaces and saving them from inappropriate development, which
we know is something locals feel strongly about."
will mean extra protection for 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
used and enjoyed, as they should be, for generations to come."
Plan will be good for businesses and employment too by supporting
the retention of retail and work opportunities in Highbridge town
centre. Theres backing 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."
Plan is also designed to give residents some control over their
town centres and a say on the look of new buildings and homes.
add to this, it will allow them to influence what infrastructure
should be provided and Sedgemoor District Council would be obliged
to use the Plan when determining future planning applications for
Harvey added: "We want to make sure our towns best bits
are conserved and preserved and that we protect the aspects of our
natural and built environment that are brilliant already."
more than 50% of residents vote yes to the Plan
it will give us the collective clout to create the sort of place
we all want to live in and develop an environment that not only
deals with protecting green spaces. but also allows businesses to
grow and provides suitable homes and work for locals."
the majority vote no in the referendum, however, then
we wont be allowed to adopt the Plan and only Sedgemoor policies
will apply, as they currently do now."
Burnham, the Plan covers, in any redevelopment proposed, the retention
of the best aspects of the High Street area and provides details
on possibilities for establishing a Town Square in Princess
Street. There are also strategies to ensure that, in any redevelopment
of Pier Street car park, the whole car park is covered by a comprehensive
Harvey continued: "Our Neighbourhood Plan also aims 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."
very important we all have our say on the future of our two towns
and how they are shaped and grow. Be sure your voice is heard by
voting in the referendum next Thursday and Id urge anyone
who is still unsure of what the Plan includes to take a look at
it this week online via here
or at the Town Council offices, Burnham Library, Highbridge Library,
Highbridge Community Hall, BiARS and the Community Centre in Berrow
referendum to decide whether the proposed Neighbourhood Plan should
be adopted as part of the planning policy in Burnham-On-Sea and
Highbridge takes place on Thursday, September 20.
voting closes, the count will commence on Thursday, September 20
in Highbridge Community Hall at approximately 10.30pm/10.45pm and
a result is expected at around midnight. Burnham-On-Sea.com will
have full results.
further information about the Neighbourhood Plan, please call 01278
238168, visit www.burnhamandhighbridgeneighbourhoodplan.org or log
on to https://www.facebook.com/NeighbourhoodPlanBOS/
Top, Mayor of Burnham and Highbridge, Bill Hancock and Alistair
Gordon, Chairman of Burnham Without Parish Council. Botth are pictured
at Apex Park, which if residents vote to adopt the proposed Neighbourhood
Plan will have extra protection from inappropriate development