seafront flats scheme recommended for approval
plans to build a huge new block of 13 flats next to Burnham-On-Sea
beach have been recommended for approval this week.
proposals to construct a three-storey property at the end of Allandale
Road in place of a current house are set to be debated next Tuesday
(March 9th) when Sedgemoor District Council's Development Control
Sedgemoor District Council's planning officer Chris Gomm has already
recommended that the committee approves the scheme - despite 15
letters of objection from local residents and the Town Council's
concern about the plans.
residents claim the new property's height would be out of scale
with all other neighbouring buildings, that the building would
dominate the skyline and be out of character with the area.
previously won a bid in
November 2008 to get the first planning application at the
site, for 14 flats, rejected on appeal by the Planning Inspectorate.
since then, the developers Moose Rooper have submitted a new,
amended planning application - as first
reported here - with one less flat and a different building
design that they argue fits in with the surrounding area.
Development Officer Chris Gomm agrees, stating in his surprise
report to the Development Control Committee this week that the
development will "not harm the character or amenity or the
adjoining residential area."
goes on to say: "The application site is located within the
Burnham-On-Sea development boundary, outside of an area of significant
flood risk, where there is no objection to the principle of residential
"The application site is currently occupied by a residential
dwelling, which is of no historic value or architectural importance,
and its associated garden curtilage and as such the proposal will
not involve the loss of land of significant recreational or amenity
value, land of townscape importance or established or allocated
proposal's design, including the site's layout and the building's
bulk, massing, scale and detailing, are acceptable and will not
harm the character or amenity or the adjoining residential area
and the development will not be harmed by that area. Parking and
turning provision is adequate, as is visibility at the point of
access to Allandale Road."
Allandale Road Group's Treasurer, Tom Ashton, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
on Monday: "To say that the new property is not in an area
of flood risk, even though it would be built just seven metres
from the beach, is just crazy. How can say that?"
proposed building is still totally out of character to the other
buildings in Allandale Road. It would harm this area forever."
David Jenkins, Chairman of the Allandale Road Group, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We are all rather surprised that the Town Council's planning
committee has suggested the application is not acceptable and
yet still the Sedgemoor officer has recommended approval."
building is a lot closer to the beach than other seafront buildings
along the existing building line. Furthermore, it would also be
a very large building that, in essence, is very similar to the
first proposed by the developer which was turned down by the Planning
residents group plans to have several people at the council meeting
next Tuesday and a spokesperson will also stand up and explain
the views of the group.