Published: August 10, 2010
Tuckers Garage flats scheme wins approval from planners

Council planners have today (Tuesday, August 10th) given the go-ahead to the construction of a block of 27 new elderly people's flats at Burnham-On-Sea's former Tucker's Garage site.

Sedgemoor District Council's Development Control Committee considered the application at a meeting in Bridgwater and gave the developers, Abracore Limited, the 'green light' to build the new development in Victoria Street.

The planning committee had sought community grant funding of £150,000 from Abracore - leading to a decision in June being deferred - as reported here.

But the developers said such a figure would not make the project viable and councillors have agreed a smaller deal that will see £100,000 of so-called 'S106 agreement' community funding be given to social housing in the town instead.

The council's Affordable Housing Manager, Duncan Harvey, said: "The delicate economic status of this project and the prevailing economic climate has made it that much harder to commit funds to making a start-on-site. Reduced anticipated revenue from sales, linked with an expensive build cost both contribute to making this a finely balanced housing project."

Our photos show how the site looks now (top) and how it used to look when the Tucker's Garage was in place


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