Bristol Road 'master plan' to be unveiled

This is The West Country: Photo: SDC. Photo: SDC.

A MASTER plan described as an “extensive regeneration opportunity for Bridgwater” is set to be discussed by Sedgemoor planners on Wednesday.

Sedgemoor District Council has created a design blueprint for land to the east of the A38. This includes the cattle market site, the Bristol Road Playing Fields, the allotment land to the north of the cemetery and the Crypton Business Park.

By establishing a set of guidelines, the council hopes to take a “positive lead in bringing forward these sites as part of a regeneration framework and assist in bringing together a regeneration partnership of land owners”.

A design brief says the guidelines were needed due to “recent development pressures and other existing planning approvals”.

Plans by Exeter-based developer, The Housing Guild, for 200 homes to be created on the former Bridgwater Cattle Market site are currently being considered.

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.

The sentiment is echoed Sedgemoor’s overall design blueprint for the area. SDC says the document provides the opportunity to promote residential development and clear up brownfield sites, adding: “This will be critical in improving the image of this area as a whole for residents, visitors and investors alike.”

But Bridgwater resident Bob Cudlipp told the Mercury he is concerned the new plans place more emphasis on development and not enough on retaining green space.

He said: “It could result in loss of future green space for the community. We’ve already lost part of the Brewery Field to the Tesco development and I’m sure if more people knew about this, they’d have something to say.

“If we lose the Bristol Road playing fields it will be a big loss to all the young people who depend on such green space to meet and play.

“It doesn’t look like planners are making enough provision for green space to replace that which has been lost.”

The report says the area of green space owned by Bridgwater Town council contains “disused allotments”. It also described the playing fields as “under used”.

The guidelines, recommended for approval, will be discussed at a meeting on Wednesday, December 11.

To register to speak visit www.sedgemoor.gov.uk and search for ‘request to speak’.

Fill in the online form and it will be sent to Democratic Services, who will contact the person registering.

Alternatively, call 0845-4082544.

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4:07pm Fri 6 Dec 13

speaknoevil says...

Aah well...another gridlocked road into Bridgwater I suppose !
Aah well...another gridlocked road into Bridgwater I suppose ! speaknoevil

4:38pm Fri 6 Dec 13

grisleyreg says...

If it has grass Sedgemoor will sell it or build on it, no thought for future generations,
If it has grass Sedgemoor will sell it or build on it, no thought for future generations, grisleyreg

10:44pm Fri 6 Dec 13

MINIME2 says...

Pity they don't pull down some of the eyesores in that area ! The derelict pub and the derelict toilets for a start .
Pity they don't pull down some of the eyesores in that area ! The derelict pub and the derelict toilets for a start . MINIME2

9:50am Mon 9 Dec 13

mikeymike says...

"He said: “It could result in loss of future green space for the community. We’ve already lost part of the Brewery Field to the Tesco development and I’m sure if more people knew about this, they’d have something to say."

The people KNEW about this, you idiots were NOT listening to the people!!!!
"He said: “It could result in loss of future green space for the community. We’ve already lost part of the Brewery Field to the Tesco development and I’m sure if more people knew about this, they’d have something to say." The people KNEW about this, you idiots were NOT listening to the people!!!! mikeymike

7:16pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Blue Owl says...

I believe that this Plan for this Entire Site for Regeneration, is good. It gives an eyesore site which has stood now for over 10 years. The positive ambition to bring this Brown Field Site back into mixed use, can only benefit all. We have to understand that Developers Private / Commercial have to see the long term benefit, with obvious financial rewards.
Bob Cudlip, makes a valid point, re the Green Open Space off Bristol Rd, boundary with the Railway line and the Innovia Cellophane Bath rd site. This will shortly be redeveloped for EDF.
Everyone, knows that if football pitches are to be redeveloped then alternative land of similar facilities, must be made available by the Developer, perhaps Bob forgot this. It would be overseen by the Football Assocition, in many cases the alternative site would have enhanced facilities, than the former.
I do not know, whether the Bridgwater FA , actually use this Bristol Rd Facility any more, I well remember that Tom Bell the Head Groundsman of Cellophane regularly cut the pitches FOC ,in the days that I was employed there in Cellophane, to help the footballers.
But that was 20 years ago.
What many people do not realise is that any monies received for the Land from SDC will be used to fund ,run and finance other Projects and services in our Town.
The BTC, also hold allotment land and the former allotment land and access which is leased to the Carnival Clubs towards Irvines, this too will bring over £1 Million into the Town Councils Coffers..........How will that be spent for the Good of Bridgwater, into the Civic Enhancement Fund, sat in Natwest bank unspent, for 5 years, (Otherwise referred to as the Labour Parties Rainy day fund by the Cllr Smedley recently, when asked what this Town Tax Collected money was to be used for. The Town Hall internally is still awaiting refurbishment, How much longer, I ask !!!!!
I believe that this Plan for this Entire Site for Regeneration, is good. It gives an eyesore site which has stood now for over 10 years. The positive ambition to bring this Brown Field Site back into mixed use, can only benefit all. We have to understand that Developers Private / Commercial have to see the long term benefit, with obvious financial rewards. Bob Cudlip, makes a valid point, re the Green Open Space off Bristol Rd, boundary with the Railway line and the Innovia Cellophane Bath rd site. This will shortly be redeveloped for EDF. Everyone, knows that if football pitches are to be redeveloped then alternative land of similar facilities, must be made available by the Developer, perhaps Bob forgot this. It would be overseen by the Football Assocition, in many cases the alternative site would have enhanced facilities, than the former. I do not know, whether the Bridgwater FA , actually use this Bristol Rd Facility any more, I well remember that Tom Bell the Head Groundsman of Cellophane regularly cut the pitches FOC ,in the days that I was employed there in Cellophane, to help the footballers. But that was 20 years ago. What many people do not realise is that any monies received for the Land from SDC will be used to fund ,run and finance other Projects and services in our Town. The BTC, also hold allotment land and the former allotment land and access which is leased to the Carnival Clubs towards Irvines, this too will bring over £1 Million into the Town Councils Coffers..........How will that be spent for the Good of Bridgwater, into the Civic Enhancement Fund, sat in Natwest bank unspent, for 5 years, (Otherwise referred to as the Labour Parties Rainy day fund by the Cllr Smedley recently, when asked what this Town Tax Collected money was to be used for. The Town Hall internally is still awaiting refurbishment, How much longer, I ask !!!!! Blue Owl

2:13am Tue 10 Dec 13

Three Pots Derek says...

Blue Owl wrote:
I believe that this Plan for this Entire Site for Regeneration, is good. It gives an eyesore site which has stood now for over 10 years. The positive ambition to bring this Brown Field Site back into mixed use, can only benefit all. We have to understand that Developers Private / Commercial have to see the long term benefit, with obvious financial rewards.
Bob Cudlip, makes a valid point, re the Green Open Space off Bristol Rd, boundary with the Railway line and the Innovia Cellophane Bath rd site. This will shortly be redeveloped for EDF.
Everyone, knows that if football pitches are to be redeveloped then alternative land of similar facilities, must be made available by the Developer, perhaps Bob forgot this. It would be overseen by the Football Assocition, in many cases the alternative site would have enhanced facilities, than the former.
I do not know, whether the Bridgwater FA , actually use this Bristol Rd Facility any more, I well remember that Tom Bell the Head Groundsman of Cellophane regularly cut the pitches FOC ,in the days that I was employed there in Cellophane, to help the footballers.
But that was 20 years ago.
What many people do not realise is that any monies received for the Land from SDC will be used to fund ,run and finance other Projects and services in our Town.
The BTC, also hold allotment land and the former allotment land and access which is leased to the Carnival Clubs towards Irvines, this too will bring over £1 Million into the Town Councils Coffers..........How will that be spent for the Good of Bridgwater, into the Civic Enhancement Fund, sat in Natwest bank unspent, for 5 years, (Otherwise referred to as the Labour Parties Rainy day fund by the Cllr Smedley recently, when asked what this Town Tax Collected money was to be used for. The Town Hall internally is still awaiting refurbishment, How much longer, I ask !!!!!
Good to see you back Blue Owl have missed reading your comments. Its nice to read serious ones now and then. Keep them coming. By the way it is a shame that all this regeneration is expanding the town BUT what about the roads, they have got a lot worse over the last 25 years that I have lived here. Then Bridgwater was a nice little market town, 'what went wrong'.
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: I believe that this Plan for this Entire Site for Regeneration, is good. It gives an eyesore site which has stood now for over 10 years. The positive ambition to bring this Brown Field Site back into mixed use, can only benefit all. We have to understand that Developers Private / Commercial have to see the long term benefit, with obvious financial rewards. Bob Cudlip, makes a valid point, re the Green Open Space off Bristol Rd, boundary with the Railway line and the Innovia Cellophane Bath rd site. This will shortly be redeveloped for EDF. Everyone, knows that if football pitches are to be redeveloped then alternative land of similar facilities, must be made available by the Developer, perhaps Bob forgot this. It would be overseen by the Football Assocition, in many cases the alternative site would have enhanced facilities, than the former. I do not know, whether the Bridgwater FA , actually use this Bristol Rd Facility any more, I well remember that Tom Bell the Head Groundsman of Cellophane regularly cut the pitches FOC ,in the days that I was employed there in Cellophane, to help the footballers. But that was 20 years ago. What many people do not realise is that any monies received for the Land from SDC will be used to fund ,run and finance other Projects and services in our Town. The BTC, also hold allotment land and the former allotment land and access which is leased to the Carnival Clubs towards Irvines, this too will bring over £1 Million into the Town Councils Coffers..........How will that be spent for the Good of Bridgwater, into the Civic Enhancement Fund, sat in Natwest bank unspent, for 5 years, (Otherwise referred to as the Labour Parties Rainy day fund by the Cllr Smedley recently, when asked what this Town Tax Collected money was to be used for. The Town Hall internally is still awaiting refurbishment, How much longer, I ask !!!!![/p][/quote]Good to see you back Blue Owl have missed reading your comments. Its nice to read serious ones now and then. Keep them coming. By the way it is a shame that all this regeneration is expanding the town BUT what about the roads, they have got a lot worse over the last 25 years that I have lived here. Then Bridgwater was a nice little market town, 'what went wrong'. Three Pots Derek

8:35am Tue 10 Dec 13

speaknoevil says...

Totally agree with Three Pots Derek. Here yet again we have developments on a main arterial road into town and yet, on the face of it, nothing is being done to take into account the increased volumes of traffic.

The Clink is frequently gridlocked and traffic tailed back from the lights at the Drove, now we will have another junction on the Bristol Road to complicate matters further.
Totally agree with Three Pots Derek. Here yet again we have developments on a main arterial road into town and yet, on the face of it, nothing is being done to take into account the increased volumes of traffic. The Clink is frequently gridlocked and traffic tailed back from the lights at the Drove, now we will have another junction on the Bristol Road to complicate matters further. speaknoevil

12:52pm Tue 10 Dec 13

swjoduk says...

Three Pots Derek wrote:
Blue Owl wrote: I believe that this Plan for this Entire Site for Regeneration, is good. It gives an eyesore site which has stood now for over 10 years. The positive ambition to bring this Brown Field Site back into mixed use, can only benefit all. We have to understand that Developers Private / Commercial have to see the long term benefit, with obvious financial rewards. Bob Cudlip, makes a valid point, re the Green Open Space off Bristol Rd, boundary with the Railway line and the Innovia Cellophane Bath rd site. This will shortly be redeveloped for EDF. Everyone, knows that if football pitches are to be redeveloped then alternative land of similar facilities, must be made available by the Developer, perhaps Bob forgot this. It would be overseen by the Football Assocition, in many cases the alternative site would have enhanced facilities, than the former. I do not know, whether the Bridgwater FA , actually use this Bristol Rd Facility any more, I well remember that Tom Bell the Head Groundsman of Cellophane regularly cut the pitches FOC ,in the days that I was employed there in Cellophane, to help the footballers. But that was 20 years ago. What many people do not realise is that any monies received for the Land from SDC will be used to fund ,run and finance other Projects and services in our Town. The BTC, also hold allotment land and the former allotment land and access which is leased to the Carnival Clubs towards Irvines, this too will bring over £1 Million into the Town Councils Coffers..........How will that be spent for the Good of Bridgwater, into the Civic Enhancement Fund, sat in Natwest bank unspent, for 5 years, (Otherwise referred to as the Labour Parties Rainy day fund by the Cllr Smedley recently, when asked what this Town Tax Collected money was to be used for. The Town Hall internally is still awaiting refurbishment, How much longer, I ask !!!!!
Good to see you back Blue Owl have missed reading your comments. Its nice to read serious ones now and then. Keep them coming. By the way it is a shame that all this regeneration is expanding the town BUT what about the roads, they have got a lot worse over the last 25 years that I have lived here. Then Bridgwater was a nice little market town, 'what went wrong'.
What about roads?

Well there was the BNDR, there is the new road linking Bristol Road and Bath Road over the railway, there is the link road to Wilstock, and in the next few years there will be the Colley Lane Access Road.

But obviously there has been no new roads in the town for years.

The one that was missed was a road from Dunball to Cannington as part of the EDF works, that would have made a huge difference.

As for traffic it is the same in every town and city, Taunton, Yeovil, Exeter, Bristol. The answer, not more roads but more people using public transport, walking, cycling, car sharing.
[quote][p][bold]Three Pots Derek[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: I believe that this Plan for this Entire Site for Regeneration, is good. It gives an eyesore site which has stood now for over 10 years. The positive ambition to bring this Brown Field Site back into mixed use, can only benefit all. We have to understand that Developers Private / Commercial have to see the long term benefit, with obvious financial rewards. Bob Cudlip, makes a valid point, re the Green Open Space off Bristol Rd, boundary with the Railway line and the Innovia Cellophane Bath rd site. This will shortly be redeveloped for EDF. Everyone, knows that if football pitches are to be redeveloped then alternative land of similar facilities, must be made available by the Developer, perhaps Bob forgot this. It would be overseen by the Football Assocition, in many cases the alternative site would have enhanced facilities, than the former. I do not know, whether the Bridgwater FA , actually use this Bristol Rd Facility any more, I well remember that Tom Bell the Head Groundsman of Cellophane regularly cut the pitches FOC ,in the days that I was employed there in Cellophane, to help the footballers. But that was 20 years ago. What many people do not realise is that any monies received for the Land from SDC will be used to fund ,run and finance other Projects and services in our Town. The BTC, also hold allotment land and the former allotment land and access which is leased to the Carnival Clubs towards Irvines, this too will bring over £1 Million into the Town Councils Coffers..........How will that be spent for the Good of Bridgwater, into the Civic Enhancement Fund, sat in Natwest bank unspent, for 5 years, (Otherwise referred to as the Labour Parties Rainy day fund by the Cllr Smedley recently, when asked what this Town Tax Collected money was to be used for. The Town Hall internally is still awaiting refurbishment, How much longer, I ask !!!!![/p][/quote]Good to see you back Blue Owl have missed reading your comments. Its nice to read serious ones now and then. Keep them coming. By the way it is a shame that all this regeneration is expanding the town BUT what about the roads, they have got a lot worse over the last 25 years that I have lived here. Then Bridgwater was a nice little market town, 'what went wrong'.[/p][/quote]What about roads? Well there was the BNDR, there is the new road linking Bristol Road and Bath Road over the railway, there is the link road to Wilstock, and in the next few years there will be the Colley Lane Access Road. But obviously there has been no new roads in the town for years. The one that was missed was a road from Dunball to Cannington as part of the EDF works, that would have made a huge difference. As for traffic it is the same in every town and city, Taunton, Yeovil, Exeter, Bristol. The answer, not more roads but more people using public transport, walking, cycling, car sharing. swjoduk

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