Published: June 15, 2010
People power wins as plans for 53 new Burnham homes are rejected

Residents were celebrating on Tuesday (June 15th) after proposals to build 53 new homes in Burnham-On-Sea were turned down by the district council for a second time.

Persimmon Homes had applied to build a new estate on the former Worston refuse tip to the west of Lawrence Close. first reported in March that the developer had submitted a new proposal to Sedgemoor District Council to build the homes, despite plans for 69 homes at the same site being turned down last summer.

The controversial scheme attracted 40 complaints from residents and an objection from the Town Council - but the application had been recommended for approval by the council's planning case officer.

However, councillors voted in favour of supporting the residents and turned down the scheme at a meeting of Sedgemoor's Development Control Committee in Bridgwater on Tuesday.

Local resident Nigel Kemp, who spoke out against the plans at the meeting, told "We're delighted that the application has been turned down again. The concerns we raised were were listened to and properly considered."

"The proposals by reason of their design and layout would have given rise to development that would be out of keeping with the character and density of the surrounding development in the locality and would have failed to compliment the character of the local area, to the detriment of this location."

He also raised concerns about traffic generation and flooding risks at the site.

He added: "The right decision has been made, but we fully expect the developer to come back with an amended application later in the year."

The application featured 14 two-bedroom, 36 three-bedroom and three four-bedroom houses, in addition to almost 100 car parking spaces. Persimmon Homes is now going back to the drawing board to put together new plans for the site.

Cllr Bob Filmer, who spoke on behalf of the residents at Tuesday's meeting, told "I'm very pleased that the committee supported the views of local residents. I know that Persimmon were at the meeting and hope that they will take the opportunity to talk with residents and local representatives to try to achieve a development we can all be proud of."

The campaign against the development was led by residents Trevor Berry, Bryn Heaton, Nigel Kemp and Melvyn Fooks.


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