to be held on new Burnham-On-Sea Neighbourhood Plan
referendum is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge this autumn
when residents will be able to vote on whether a proposed new Neighbourhood
Plan is adopted.
local referendum is to be held on Thursday September 20th when thousands
of local people will be able to have their say by voting.
document has been compiled over the last three years by local groups
and residents to outline how future housing needs and development
should proceed in Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge and the parish of Burnham
consultation period was recently held and an independent examination
of the Plan has just been completed, with the outcome that a formal
public hearing is not needed, allowing this autumn's referendum
to be held.
purpose of the Plan is to guide and shape development in the two
towns in the future," said Cllr Phil Harvey, pictured,
who has overseen the plan's development.
plan addresses several points - for Burnham, these include retaining
the viability of our town in the face of retail pressures, retaining
the town's Victorian character, and ensuring it is suitable to visitors."
Highbridge, the Plan considers how to halt the perceived decline
of the town centre which some see as 'past its best and struggling'.
Many residents are concerned that things have been done to the town,
rather than with the involvement of residents."
document is also a long-term plan that includes a review of local
green spaces and future housing needs.
plan is published
here and has been compiled with the involvement of local residents
and groups, including the Town Council, Sedgemoor District Council
and the Chambers of Trade.