mini golf course plans win approval
proposals to build a new mini golf course on this part of Burnham-On-Sea's
seafront were approved by district council planners on Tuesday
(July 13th) - the first of two hurdles before the scheme can proceed.
Development Control Committee narrowly voted in favour of giving
the plans the go-ahead despite strong opposition from a group
of local residents.
Paul Chatwin, the entrepreneur behind the plans, will have to
wait until next Wednesday (July 21st) when Sedgemoor's Executive
Committee will consider whether the actual lease of the land can
be amended to allow building work to begin on the lawns next to
Burnham Coastguard Station.
Chatwin, pictured, said he was delighted that the scheme had passed
the first hurdle.
on Burnham-On-Sea.com's forums, he said: "I thank those councillors
who did their research and especially those who approved the plan.
Thanks go to Joe Leach who took the time to attend the meeting
today and to speak in favour of the application."
Chatwin added: "I have to say that I was shocked to see that
some councillors sitting on the development committee hadn't even
bothered to review the proposal on their own Planning Portal.
someone can sit on a Planning Committee making crucial decisions
which affect the whole area and not even look at the case files
they have for the application is very worrying indeed."
resident Ann Popham, who is one of those unhappy about the plans,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com after Tuesday's meeting that she was "very
disappointed" by the council's decision, but she is still
"hopeful" that the scheme will not get the go-ahead
when the lease of the land is discussed next week.
first reported in February
how Mr Chatwin wants to turn a grassy area of The Esplanade into
a large, purpose-built golf park to act as a tourist attraction.