June 30, 2008
Green space saved from developers as people power wins
fighting plans by developers to build two new houses on a patch
of green land besides their homes are celebrating today (Monday
June 30th) after being told they have been successful in getting
the scheme thrown out.
petition signed by over 40 Winchester Road residents was presented
to the council (pictured right) in March, as Burnham-On-Sea.com
reported here, and
district council planners have now decided to reject the scheme.
officer Colin Arnold said the scheme had been turned down because
of flooding concerns and over-development.
Road is characterised by semi-detached properties equally spaced
with fairly large garden areas to front and rear. The proposal
represents a cramped form of development out of keeping with the
proposal represents undue overdevelopment which is contrary to
the policies of the Sedgemoor District Local Plan."
Winchester Road resident Colin Martin (pictured at the top of
this page) told Burnham-On-Sea.com why there had been such opposition
to the scheme.
is already a serious problem with road safety at this junction
due to reduced visibility, so to add these new homes would have
created a real hazard."
the location of the proposed houses would overlook existing properties
and the privacy of up to six nearby homes would have been affected."
were also concerned about a loss of open space that would have
significantly altered the street scene."
photo shows residents holding their petition outside the town
council offices in March and, below, the site where the new homes