February 3, 2011
access concerns raised over plans for 11 new Burnham
Proposals to convert a Burnham-On-Sea residential home into
a block of 11 flats have this week been given the thumbs-down
by town councillors amid concerns about access onto the busy Berrow
Plans to create 11 self-contained elderly people's flats at 139
Berrow Road - currently Newton Lodge Residential Home - have been
discussed by members of the Town Council's Planning Applications
Committee this week.
"Access onto Berrow Road at that point is very poor and
further traffic would be a hazard, particularly during the summer
months," said Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton.
"The new development would have parking facilities for 18,
which could triple the use of the access lane and access onto
Cllr Joe Leach added: "This is a dangerous, fast-moving
stretch of road as it is. The proposed development would make
it even more dangerous."
Councillors decided to object to the plans on the grounds that
access onto Berrow Road is poor and it is already difficult to
get out of the access lane into the flow of traffic.
One local resident has also objected to the plans amid concern
that the sewerage facilities in the area may not be able to cope
with an additional 11 flats.
The application covers the change of use, conversion and extension
of the residence to 11 self-contained flats plus the formation
Sedgemoor District Council is accepting feedback on the scheme
until February 22nd and will make a decision soon after.