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Plans Approved for 167 New Barratt Homes for Highbridge, Somerset

Plans for 167 much-needed new homes on the edge of Highbridge, Somerset, have been approved by Sedgemoor District Council’s planning committee.

The new development, part of the wider Brue Farm area, is being built by Barratt Homes in partnership with Bloor Homes and it is hoped construction of the new community will start in the summer.

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 160 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 Sedgemoor District Council in their core strategy as a suitable location for 950 new homes.

The development, which is not far from the seaside town of Burnham on Sea, will also include new public open spaces, a new primary school and road network.  In addition, significant 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.

Measures to protect and increase local wildlife will include retaining existing tree and hedgerow corridors and providing new and enhanced animal habitats to support wildlife such as Great Crested Newts, slow worms, bats, birds and invertebrates.

Andrea Pilgrim, sales director at Barratt Bristol, which covers the wider South West area, says: “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 with its 100 year old pier 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.”