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Wedmore to get more homes but ‘infrastructure cannot cope’ says councillor

WEDMORE is to get another 38 homes – on top of the 35 already under construction off the B3139 Blackford Road.

The properties, being built by Taunton-based developer Strongvox Homes, will include 15 ‘affordable’ homes.

The plans were comprehensively voted through at a virtual meeting of Sedgemoor District Council’s development committee last week – but not without debate.

Cllr Will Human, who represents the Wedmore and Mark ward, said the village would struggle to cope with further homes without better amenities.

He said: “Wedmore has already undertaken 119 new builds in the last year or two since its neighbourhood plan was passed.

This new extra part will represent an extra 30 per cent on top of that – in Bridgwater that would be the equivalent of 1,000 homes.

“The infrastructure just cannot cope with more homes. The roads are very tight, and is very small indeed here where it spills out onto Blackford Road.

“Already the school is full, the surgery is full and there are no local services which can accommodate the new people.”

Other councillors, however, welcomed the new provision of affordable housing and praised the design of the proposed development.

Cllr Graham Granter (Bridgwater, Fairfax ward), said: “A lot of rent-to-buy is out of people’s reach. I think this is an excellent development with everything you could wish for in terms of green credentials and open space.”

The committee voted to approve the plans by a margin of nine votes to nil, with one abstention and one councillor being absent due to technical issues.

 

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