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Have your say on 200-homes Cattle Market development
TWO hundred homes could fill a massive eyesore site in Bridgwater if a project unveiled this week gets the go-ahead.
The former Bridgwater Cattle Market site off Bath Road has long been earmarked by Sedgemoor District Council as one of the key areas of land which could be used to help meet the district's housing needs.
The council, which owns the site, will now have to weigh up a planning application by Exeter-based developer, The Housing Guild, for a mix of 112 two, three and four-bed houses, and 88 one and two-bed flats, on the empty market site and a large field to the north.
The Housing Guild says the site is “unkempt” and its scheme will help regenerate the area, and “create an attractive and sustainable neighbourhood” residents feel proud of.
It said in a statement: “It is hoped that this development will bring benefits to neighbouring communities, as well as enhancing the vitality of the town.”
But there are already concerns about the impact of the scheme on the Bath Road and Bristol Road areas.
Joanne Lloyd-Jones, of Bristol Road, wrote to the district council: “I object on the basis that Bristol Road is busy enough already, it does not need any more houses with access on to it.
“Parking is an absolute nightmare, as many of the houses up to The Drove from Sainsbury's do not have any parking facilities.”
She wrote that more houses would increase the risk of accidents and add to congestion. She added: “Peak traffic times in this area is a joke.”
A resident of Bath Road shared the parking concerns. She wrote: “There are not spaces for the amount of houses that are already in the area, something needs to be done about this first.”
The Housing Guild's project includes 249 parking spaces as well as 419 bike parking spaces.
At least 30 of the homes would be classed as affordable and the scheme also includes play areas.
Sedgemoor District Council says the entire development site is included in its five-year housing land supply report.
It says residential development is “broadly acceptable” but details, including access and the design of the homes, would have to be carefully considered.
The last cattle market held on the site was in 2000.
To view the plans, click here.
The planning application number is 08/13/00163
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