seafront golf course plans win approval of town council
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.
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.
heard from a group of local residents who are opposed to the scheme
and also quizzed Mr Chatwin, pictured below, about his proposals.
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."
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."
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."
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.
Chatwin told Burnham-On-Sea.com 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."
approved, the course will be built on an area of 1,470 square
metres of grass to the south of Burnham Coastguard Station.
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.