Ambitious Civic Quarter plans for Burnham-On-Sea
move a step closer
plans for a huge Civic Quarter in Burnham-On-Sea
moved a step closer this week when town councillors voted in favour
of pushing the proposal forward.
proposed Civic Quarter would see a cultural centre, new low-cost
apartments, community buildings and a new civic square being introduced
at the northern end of Burnham, replacing several old buildings.
shown on the initial designs here, the site would extend from
the existing Princess Theatre through to the redundant Tuckers'
Garage on the northern edge of the commercial centre.
would also include the existing Library and Community Education
Centre under the plans drawn up by the Market and Coastal Towns
scheme's design document explains how the proposal will be funded:
"Bellway Homes, working with the Town Council, is looking
to develop a commercial partnership where the construction of
homes for sale will finance the shell construction of new community
buildings and form the catalyst for the establishment of the new
design document adds: "The proposal offers the opportunity
to reduce traffic movement and develop pedestrian prioritised
streets radiating from a central civic square enclosed by public
buildings, giving greater focus on the Princess Theatre."
residential development on Tuckers Garage will reflect the character
and scale of the existing adjoining terraces in Victoria Street.
It is proposed to develop a strong focal building replacing the
original garage tower to provide a sense of identity and a transition
between the commercial and residential ends of the street."
new community buildings are envisaged as extensions to the existing
adult learning centre. It is proposed to provide elderly person
accommodation above the car park linking with the community builings
to maximise use of the site area and create a broad mix of ages
and social groups."
would be in keeping with the earlier tradition of town centres
to provide a vibrant social and commercial environment supporting
both community and retail facilities whilst providing a place
Neville Jones said the plans provided Burnham with a real opportunity
and called the scheme "very ambitious." He
added that "this is the only way we are going to get a Cultural
Centre in the town."
council voted to proceed with the scheme by spending £460
on pushing the outline application to the next stage. It will
be reviewed by District Planners in the coming weeks.
Louise Parkin said the plans would "act as a catalyst to
the regeneration of the town."
a real urgency in hand in getting this to the District Council
because planners are keen to push the project forward. Other developers
are nipping at our heels," she added.