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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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Residents' anger at plans for 35 new homes in village

Brigham residents have vigorously objected to proposals to build 35 homes in the village.

Elsa Brailey photo
Elsa Brailey

Social landlord Home Group wants to build the housing development for local people in a field behind High Brigham.

Of the 35 houses, 12 will be sold on the open market, 12 will be available for shared ownership and 11 will be for rent.

They believe it will help secure vital services in the village.

A drop-in session was held in the village so people could view the plans and talk with representatives from Home Group.

Villagers were concerned that Brigham would not be able to cope with increased traffic and were concerned about access problems, potential flooding and if the sewerage system would be able to cope.

Pamela Watson, 43, of High Brigham, said: “The traffic in the village at the moment is already highly dangerous and some of the footpaths are non-existent.

“The size of the access to the development is unacceptable as it would go past conservatories and destroy quality of living and who has the right to do that?”

John Sutton, 62, of High Brigham, said: “I am not happy because the village cannot take any more houses. They are building on a greenfield sites but we have always got to look after the environment and it could damage some wildlife.”

His wife Maureen said: “I don’t think it can bring anything into the village apart from more traffic.

“A village is a village and we should keep it that way.”

Stewart Gimber, who would live next to the development if it went ahead, said: “They are ripping up the countryside and even though the majority of residents don’t want it they are going ahead with the application.”

Edna Edger, chairman of Brigham Parish Council, said: “The biggest problem will be the extra traffic as there will be four times as much. The sewers are already overloaded and it is totally the wrong place for this development.”

Jack Robinson, 78, who has lived in Brigham all his life, said: “It is a disgrace. To have an extra 50 cars coming through the village doesn’t bear thinking about.”

Sharon Hodgson, project manager for Home Group, said: “We have shown people drawings of our proposals and been asking for feedback about what they think about it through questionnaires.

“We have people who come to us with sites and every one is different due to financial viability, housing need, demand and support from the local authority.

“I think it is positive having affordable housing in the village.

“Before we put in any planning application we wanted to consult the community and get feedback and try and incorporate those ideas into the application.”

Elsa Brailey, Home Group development manager, added: “We believe that by building homes in this area it will help to secure vital services within Brigham and help ensure the sustained viability of the village.

“New homes will bring new people and an increased demand for local services including the village shop, bus services and other local amenities.”

It is likely an application for the development will be submitted later this year.

Have your say

Talk about not in my backyard! Methinks if it had been a development of executive housing it would have been welcomed. Brigham already has a bypass and whenever i've been through it i've never seen another car on the road. They'll be issuing passes to get in and out of the place next.

Posted by Martha Williams on 12 July 2012 at 10:49

i agree,Brighams a really nice village,why spoil the village immage with an housing development.

Posted by geeoot on 7 July 2012 at 13:19

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