CAMPAIGNERS attempting to block a housing development on green space in Bridgwater have started a fund to take it to the courts.

Summerfield Developments was granted planning permission by Sedgemoor District Council to build 120 homes to the south of Durleigh Road, Bridgwater.

The housing development will make a major contribution to Sedgemoor’s proposed Meads Eco-Park in the form of section 106 payments.

But wildlife campaigner Anne Heritage is working with a group of concerned residents to take Sedgemoor’s decision to grant permission for the housing project to judicial review.

She told the Mercury: “We believe the housing development to be illegal, as the land allocated for this development was never passed by the planning inspectorate.

“Although the proposed development isn't actually on 'The Meads' but south and on elevated ground of said area, we believe it would have a detrimental impact on wildlife.”

A spokesman for SDC said: “SDC do not consider there are grounds for judicial review. However, if a judicial review is granted, then Sedgemoor District Council will follow whatever legal processes are required.”

The Mercury contacted Summerfield Developments but had not received a response at the time of going to press.

The group is trying to raise up to around £25,000 overall, but says it needs around £8,000 to pay to take it to judicial review in the first place.

People can send donations by cheque to Larcomes LLP Solicitors, titled ‘Save Our Meads’, or call the firm on 023 9244 8100 and ask for David Sumner. Alternatively, donate via