in Burnham step up fight against seafront flats
group of concerned residents and beach walkers in Burnham-On-Sea
have this week stepped up their campaign to prevent a seafront
home being demolished and replaced with a block of 13 flats.
comes after Burnham-On-Sea.com was first
to report last month that the developer behind the controversial
proposals had lodged a formal appeal with the Planning Inspectorate
over the district council's decision to reject the scheme.
Moose Roper Limited wants the Inspectorate to re-examine the district
council's decision to turn down the amended application for a
three-storey building at the end of Allandale Road incorporating
residents and beach users claim the building would be out-of-keeping
with the surrounding area and are sending letters to the Planning
Inspectorate outlining their opposition.
Jenkins of the Allandale Road Action Group told Burnham-On-Sea.com
this week: "We feel the proposed block of flats should be
rejected because it would represent over-development, be out-of-keeping
with this area, and also intrude onto the beach scene."
"The Planning Inspectorate will make its decision based on
written submissions, rather than a public meeting, so we need
as many letters to be sent as possible as possible before the
August 27th deadline. We also welcome the support of beach walkers."
have also spoken to our MP, Tessa Munt, about the development
and hope to gain her support as well."
He added that a recent speech made by the Greg Clark, the Minister
of State, Communities and Local Government, is also being explored
further by the team.
"Mr Clark suggested that 'garden grabbing' and over-development
is being halted by the new government so we are very interested
to see whether this will have a bearing on the proposed development
The residents also feel the application could set a dangerous
precedent for other developments along the coast.
application was considered by district councillors on Sedgemoor's
Development Control Committee in April.
They rejected the plans, going against the recommendation of the
had previously won a bid in
November 2008 to get the first planning application, for 14
flats, rejected on appeal by the Planning Inspectorate.
the developers then submitted a new, amended planning application
with one less flat and a different building design that they argue
fits in better with the surroundings.