Garage flats scheme wins approval from planners
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.
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.
planning committee had sought community grant funding of £150,000
from Abracore - leading to a decision in June being deferred -
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.
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
photos show how the site looks now (top) and how it used to look
when the Tucker's Garage was in place