November 3, 2008
church hall flats scheme get thumbs down
to replace this former church hall in Burnham-On-Sea with a new
block of 14 flats have been given a 'thumbs down' by town councillors
despite changes to the proposals.
Homes applied for planning permission earlier this year to knock
down St Peter's Hall, opposite Burnham's Catholic Church in Highbridge
Road, to create the new development.
councillors raised several concerns
about the height of the proposed development and its 'out-of-character'
appearance with surrounding properties - and the developer has
now come back and altered its scheme.
councillors on Burnham's planning applications committee say the
changes don't go far enough - and have recommended the scheme
does not get approval when Sedgemoor District Council's planners
consider it during the next few weeks.
Town Clerk Denise Emery told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Councillors
were pleased to see several changes to the scheme, which include
the building now being built of bricks, not rendering, but members
felt the changes were cosmetic and did not fully address their
concerns regarding excessive height and the property being out-of-keeping
with the area."
development would be forward of the property line along Highbridge
Road, and members also have concerns about the lack of community
areas being provided."
final decision on whether the scheme gets approval rests with
Sedgemoor District Council's planners.