and Highbridge referendum for Neighbourhood Plan
referendum is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge later
this year when residents will be given a chance to have their say
on whether a new Neighbourhood Plan is adopted.
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
purpose of the Plan is to guide and shape development in the two
towns in the future," town councillor Phil Harvey, pictured,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com, who oversaw compiling the document.
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."
added that if Highbridge gets 1,300 new homes over the coming years
that "Market Street's shops may no longer be able to serve
that bigger population."
Harvey added: "Following the recent round of formal consultation,
17 comments were received, most of which were supportive or made
were received from developers promoting their sites in the plan
area and saying that these should have been identified in the NP."
also made some points about the suggested housing policies. The
site suggestions have also been made to the Inspector who is dealing
with the local plan and will be the subject of a session on Wednesday
(17th January) at the Local Plan Inquiry. This is being held at
the YMCA in Bridgwater and the session runs from 10am to 1pm."
light of this, we decided it would be useful to get a feel from
the district local plan inspector as to the site suggestions, which
may act as an indicator as to the attitude of the Neighbourhood
the end of March we should have a good idea of the way the wind
is blowing so, provisionally, we have agreed to seek an examiner
for the NP at that time. We think it will be a fairly straightforward
process and don't think it likely that the examiner will want to
hold any public sessions."
we're correct, the revised - and final - version should be available
by the late summer and, if that is so, the referendum could be he
held in September/October, after which the Neighbourhood Plan comes
into force, assuming it is approved."
plan has been compiled with the involvement of local residents and
groups, including the Town Council, Sedgemoor District Council and
Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade. It is available here.