seafront mini golf course plans rejected
plans to build a mini golf course on Burnham seafront have been
rejected after the district council ruled today (Monday, July
26th) that it could not award a lease to the entrepreneur behind
Executive Committee met this morning to decide whether its covenant
for the land could be amended to allow the course to be built
on the seafront lawns next to Burnham Coastguard Station, pictured
with nearby residents threatening a legal challenge if the covenant
was altered, the Executive decided that the application for a
25 year lease should not be given approval - even though a separate
planning application was given the go-ahead earlier
Chatwin, the entrepreneur behind the scheme, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
after Monday's decision: "The Covenant states that no obnoxious
building can be erected on the land and that no business can be
operated if it is or becomes a nuisance."
added: "Sedgemoor District Council - wisely protecting their
funds against any legal claims - suggested that I should pay for
an indemnity policy to protect them against possible claims. I
had agreed to pay for this policy to protect the Council and ratepayers.
The mini golf proposal was being recommended by officers to the
Executive on the condition that I pay for that policy."
should have been a simple system of granting the lease on condition
that a suitable policy is in force. Unfortunately, the Executive
decided not to follow that fail-safe route and simply rejected
the whole thing."
scratching my head at that decision. If
a suitable policy couldnt be found which satisfied the councils
concerns, then the scheme would not have gone ahead. Sedgemoor
District Council were in a 'win-win' situation. The mini golf
course would have earned Sedgemoor nearly £200,000 in rent
and cost savings - now they are simply left with the cost of maintaining
Popham, one of the nearby residents who is opposed the plans welcomed
the news on Monday afternoon, saying: "I am delighted at
this very sensible decision by Sedgemoor."
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.