PLANS for 167 new homes on the edge of Highbridge have been given the green light.

Sedgemoor District Council (SDC) has approved the plans, which are part of the Brue Farm development.

Sedgemoor District Council’s development committee voted in August 2019 to grant Barratt Homes permission to build 171 homes and a new primary school on the A38 Huntspill Road near Highbridge.

The developer entered into an agreement with Bloor Homes to deliver the new homes, and submitted amended plans to reflect the companies’ different designs in September 2021 - with a fewer number of homes.

Now, SDC's planning committee has approved the plans.

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Construction of the new development is expected to start in summer 2022.

The new development will be made up of a range of two, three and four-bedroom homes with a mix of detached, semi-detached and terraced homes in a palette of materials in keeping with the local area.

Of the 167 new homes, 86 will be built by Barratt Homes and 81 by Bloor Homes.

The 14 acre site in the riverside town of Highbridge is part of a much larger area identified by SDC in their core strategy as a suitable location for 950 new homes.

Andrea Pilgrim, sales director at Barratt Bristol, which covers the wider South West area, said: “We are delighted our plans to build 167 new homes here at Brue Farm in Highbridge have been given the green light.

"This site on the banks of the River Brue and close to Burnham on Sea will be perfect for first-time buyers, growing families and people looking to downsize.

"As well as building these much-needed new homes, we are proud to also be bringing a range of sustainability features and increasing and protecting wildlife on and around the development, including the local bat population.”

The development will also include new public open spaces, new primary school and road network.

Improvements will be made via the S106 obligations and the Community Infrastructure Levy to help ensure that doctors’ surgeries, drainage infrastructure and the local road network are all able to accommodate the growing community now and in the future.

Sara Parker, sales director at Bloor Homes South Western region added: “Echoing Andrea’s comments we are looking forward to the start of this new joint development at Brue Farm which is sympathetic to its surroundings.

"Adding to our offering in the local area, our 81 new homes here will give purchasers a choice of well-planned and detailed two, three and four bedroom homes, which will suit first time buyers, up and downsizers, as well as growing families.”