Approval granted for 120 homes in Bridgwater

5:20pm Tuesday 15th January 2013

By Kirsty James

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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