March 22, 2009
Multi-million pound expansion of Rookery
Manor put on hold
multi-million pound expansion project at an events venue near
Burnham-On-Sea has been put on hold due to a planning wrangle.
first reported earlier
this month how Rookery Manor had unveiled plans for a new
£6m health centre, plus other facilities at its centre near
new facilities were to include six saunas and steam rooms, a small
swimming pool, hydro pools, treatment rooms plus an extra 46 hotel
the plans have been partly rejected by Sedegemoor District Council
amid concerns over the proposed "over-development" of
Council spokesman Chris Gomm told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "There
were a number of elements to this application that we have consdered,
some of which are acceptable and some which are not. We advised
the applicant's agents of this and they decided to withdraw the
have no issue with the retrospective permission covering existing
parts of the site, but the proposed development of a new health
spa is not suitable on this scale in a country setting."
also have concerns about the substantial earthworks and removal
of trees being proposed to shield noise from the nearby M5 motorway."
Manor owner Ian Clapp told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I'm very
disappointed and actually quite gobsmacked by this decision. The
plans would have created up to 80 new local jobs and been a positive
contribution to the area."
Clapp says he is now considering his next steps. Rookery Manor
currently employs 80 full-time and 200 part-time staff and had
hoped to double its full-time workforce.