of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge referendum: 'Yes' vote wins
and Highbridge residents have voted in favour of adopting a new
Neighbourhood Plan that will help shape the future of the area for
generations to come.
braved poor weather to head to polling stations during Thursday
to take part in the landmark local referendum.
the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge referendum:
referendum asked voters the question: "Do you want Sedgemoor
District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood
Yes: 2,658 No: 358 Rejected: 8 Turnout: 17.62%
results of Thursday's election were announced at 11.30pm following
the count of votes inside Highbridge Community Hall on Thursday
night, pictured here.
to the results:
councillor Phil Harvey, who chaired the group of residents that
drew up the Plan over the last four years, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
at the count: "It is a satisfying result after all the years
of work that everybody has put in."
to the low turnout, he said: "The postal vote turnout was good,
but the turnout on referendum day was poor - the weather was lousy
- but our turnout is comparable to the recent Frome turnout."
added: "Once the Plan is ratified by Sedgemoor District Council
later in October it becomes part of the local planning process and
we will hopefully make some difference going forward."
Turco, who was among the group of residents who helped compile the
Plan, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I'm pleased that the hard work
of the Neighbourhood Planning group has been accepted by the people
of Burnham & Highbridge - this is a step forward in making the
area a better place to live, work and visit."
look forward to the Town Council bringing forward quickly a comprehensive
policy to spend the Community Infrastructure Levy it will receive,
to implement the Neighbourhood Plans Statements of Intent."
and Highbridge's Neighbourhood Plan covers:
newly-adopted Neighbourhood Plan will enable the two towns to better
influence planning decisions in the area and have a greater say
in how the area evolves. The Neighbourhood Plan covers three topics
of Highbridge, Central Burnham and Housing:
Burnham polices include:
Extend the shopping area northwards.
Set design standards
for new or altered shop fronts.
Set criteria for
Set out policies
for any redevelopment that may occur at Poples Yard, Pier
Street car park or the Learning Centre and Town Square in Princess
Cove, Manor Gardens, Crosses Pen and South Esplanade Lawns from
Extend the designated shopping zone to include the southern end
of Church Street.
in the urban area.
Redevelop the land
next to the railway line behind the Co-op to include employment.
Ensure the local
community benefits from the new Isleport Business Park.
Protect Apex Park,
Burnham Road playing fields and Southwell Gardens from inappropriate
Encourage new residential
development to include toddlers play areas.
Set criteria for the design of the street scene and for designing
development safe from flood risk.
to pedestrians and cyclists over cars in new developments.
transport and provision for electric car charging points.