December 12, 2010
13-home Burnham proposals set for approval?
A controversial planning application for 13 new homes in Burnham-On-Sea
looks set to be approved this week, despite concerns from residents
and town councillors.
application at 181 Berrow Road - which relates to a parcel of
land located on the corner of Berrow Road and Naish Road - has
been recommended for approval by the district council's case officer.
is set to be considered at a meeting of Sedgemoor's Development
Control Committee this Tuesday (December 14th).
planning permission was granted in March 2008 for the residential
redevelopment of the site and Redcliffe Homes later obtained detailed
consent in October 2008.
proposals originally included a number of garages located within
a communal rear parking area, however the site was later purchased
by Persimmon Homes, who do not wish to build the garages. A revised
'reserved matters application' has therefore been submitted to
delete the garages from the development.
residents and Burnham and Highbridge Town Council have already
objected to the application.
Town Council Clerk Eileen Shaw told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Properties
surrounding the site have garages and therefore removing the garages
on the development would result in the properties being out of
are also concerned to see that the paths and infrastructure in
place so far on the site showed paths much higher than anticipated
and this caused concern that the finished floor levels to the
properties would be higher than laid down in the conditions."
The Town Council also expressed concerns that the sewerage system
in the area may not be able to handle additional waste from the
Nearby resident Barry Popham told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This
is another example of a mighty developer coming in and unveiling
major plans without considering nearby residents."
district council Case Officer Chris Gomm has recommended the proposals
are granted consent at this week's meeting.
his report on the application, he states: "The design of
the proposed scheme, including its layout and external appearance,
is such that it will not harm the character or amenity of the
surrounding residential area or be harmed by that area. The site
can be safely and satisfactorily accessed and accommodates a satisfactory
level of parking."
Pictured, top, are Naish Road residents Barry Popham, John
Bridgeman and Jim Hester and, above, the Berrow Court building