Published: June 3, 2010
Burnham seafront golf course plans win approval of town council

Controversial plans to build a new mini golf course on Burnham's seafront were approved by town councillors on Wednesday evening (June 2nd). first reported in February how entrepreneur Paul Chatwin wants to turn a grassy area of the South Esplanade into a purpose-built golf park.

His plans to lease the ground from Sedgemoor District Council were given a thumbs-up by the town council's planning applications committee on Wednesday night.

Councillors heard from a group of local residents who are opposed to the scheme and also quizzed Mr Chatwin, pictured below, about his proposals.

Cllr Chris Williams said: "A well designed golf course that retains the flower beds and includes an improved seafront shelter building will be an improvement over what's there now."

But Cllr Ken Smout added: "I do have sympathies with the residents who are concerned about the scheme and would encourage Mr Chatwin to liaise closely with them."

Committee chairman Cllr Pauline Pollard added: "We have no objections about the proposals, but would ask that there is not excessive advertising signage at the site and that the design of the new golf course is kept in keeping with the surrounding area."

A final decision on whether the scheme gets approved now sits with Sedgemoor District Council, which is due to consider the scheme over the next few weeks.

Mr Chatwin told on Wednesday evening: "I'm pleased we've got the backing of the town council - it's one step further forward in the process, but I am disappointed that I don't have the support of more nearby residents."

If approved, the course will be built on an area of 1,470 square metres of grass to the south of Burnham Coastguard Station.

One concerned resident, Ann Popham, said she is concerned that the new course will lead to public rights of way being blocked but Mr Chatwin denies the scheme will include such changes.


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