May 27, 2009
to turn former public loos into bungalows are rejected
to turn a block of former public loos into two new bungalows in
Burnham-On-Sea have been thrown out by district council planners.
owners of the building in Hall Terrace, off Seaview Road, had
requested full planning permission to convert the property into
one bedroom homes, as reported here
while the Town Council's planning committee passed the application
without any observations earlier this month, the application has
now failed to win the approval of Sedgemoor District Council's
planning department, which has the final decision.
Officer Chris Gomm has sited parking problems at the site and
environmental policy behind his decision not to give the proposals
said: "The application site is located within Flood Zone
3 which is land at high risk from flooding. Permission is sought
for two dwellings, which are categorised as a 'More Vulnerable'
form of development under our Planning Policy. Development categorised
as 'More Vulnerable' is not permissible in Flood Zone 3 unless
there is no alternative land for such a development reasonably
available in Flood Zones 1 and 2."
toilets were shut in April
2007 amid vandalism and anti-social behaviour and never re-opened
despite pressure from town councillors and tourism bosses, who
argued that more public loos are needed in Burnham.