May 27, 2009
World expansion plans recommended for approval
proposals to build a new entrance and covered walkway at Sanders
Garden World in Brent Knoll look set to be approved by district
councillors next week.
officer Colin Arnold has recommended that the plans are given
a 'thumbs up' when the council's development committe meets at
Burnham's Princess Theatre on June 2nd.
recommendation comes despite an objection from Brent Knoll Parish
Council, and two further letters opposing the plans being sent
to Sedgemoor District Council.
Brent Knoll Parish Council spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
'During the previous application for a significant expansion programme
in 2008, the Parish Council supported this expansion on the basis
of a road improvement project and roundabout."
"The roundabout was a second option, with the preferred choice
being traffic lights. The Parish Council need to be re-assured
that the road improvement project is indeed part of the overall
Garden World planned expansion."
application makes no mention of that requirement. In the light
of that omission, the Parish Council cannot support this application
and therefore opposes it."
the letters of objection received by the district council, there
is one from Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Commerce, which requests
the council should "satisfy itself that it will not impact
the vitality and viability of Burnham town centre."
Sedgemoor's Case Officer Colin Arnold believes the impact will
be minimal in a report published this week. He says: "These
are relatively minor extensions to the existing garden centre.
They will remove existing unsightly temporary structures and whilst
some small extensions are proposed these will not affect the vitality
and viability of the Burnham Town Centre as the Chamber of Commerce
fears. The design of the proposed entrance is appropriate in its
setting and will add to the attractiveness of the building. The
covered walkway will aid pedestrian circulation."
this present economic climate it is important that we support
applications that benefit economic activity and enhance the environment
as a whole."
adds: "In relation to the Parish Council's comments, it would
be highly disproportionate to impose the roundabout proposed and
other road improvements proposed on the previous applications."