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  • "We were told at the consultation about the meads project that there was no link between that and further development, and that we should consider the two not linked..Here is the proof they are. People should be pro active about this and start campaigning to stop unwanted development locally but this is hard with new govt initiatives which essentially bribe communities..I asked councillors to ask for the vote at this mornings development control meeting to aIt wasnt..Only one councellor [ken Smout seriously considered the idea..Graham Granter said he didnt want it recorded and dont forget it was councellors Smedley, Pearce and Mickk leery who were so vociforous in promoting the meads project. This development will seriously damage wild life habitat, and pollute Durliegh Brook. If you dont agree with it and are sick off developers trashing our countryside in Somerset you could ring the developer Summerfield on 01823 257961 and very politely offer your opinion on the matter. Some of us find it hard to believe that the whole Bridgwater vision project isnt just a trojan horse made up with developers intersets in mind. People are sick of having our countryside trashed.No party so far has stood up to the bloated constuction industry."
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Approval granted for 120 homes in Bridgwater

Bridgwater Wyndham ward councillor Gill Slocombe

Bridgwater Wyndham ward councillor Gill Slocombe

First published in News Bridgwater Mercury: Photograph of the Author by

A PROJECT to build 120 homes on green fields in Bridgwater has been given the green light today (January 15).

Planners from Sedgemoor District Council’s development control committee are still ironing out the conditions of the application by Summerfield Developments to build the homes south of Durleigh Road.

The scheme was recommended for approval by a planning officer because it would make a major contribution to The Meads Eco-Park and contribute to affordable housing needs in the district.

Bridgwater Wyndham ward councillor Gill Slocombe told the Mercury: “We, the ward councillors, are extremely disappointed.

“We still say this is a premature application which is not needed in the first five years of the Core Strategy.”

Cllr Slocombe said she felt the design brief was not in keeping with the surrounding area and fears the access road will have a major impact on traffic.

She added: “We will continue to fight on.”

The development is set to include a mix of detached and semi-detached homes, including 36 affordable houses.

It will also use 0.4 hectares of the Bridgwater Fair Field for an access road.

Summerfield says new homes are needed in Sedgemoor and the development would contribute towards flood defences, play equipment, and more than £300,000 to school places.

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