Published: December 7, 2011
Plans for nine homes recommended for approval despite objections

Controversial plans to build nine new homes in Burnham-On-Sea have been recommended for approval by Sedgemoor District Council's planning officer despite a dozen objections from nearby residents.

The application for outline planning permission for nine dwellings on land to the rear of 24 Golf Links Road has attracted 12 objections from residents plus a letter of objection from MP Tessa Munt.

The proposals would see the demolition of the current house at 24 Golf Links Road and the construction of three 2-bed apartments, one 3–bed bungalow, three 3-bed terraced dwellings and two 5-bed detached dwellings plus 17 parking spaces.

The Town Council gave the scheme a 'thumbs-up' earlier this year, praising "the diversity of properties proposed", as reported here.

However, residents are concerned about access, increased flooding risks, extra traffic, and possible damage to the foundations of neighbouring properties due to the sandy soil.

Sedgemoor District Council's case officer Chris Gomm has recommended the application be given consent.

He explained: "The application site is located within the Burnham-On-Sea development boundary where the principle of residential infill development is supported. The site is appropriate for residential development; the land has no public amenity value and is not of townscape importance. The site is not within a area deemed to be at high risk of flooding. Mitigation measures and improvement works to the local drainage system have been agreed."

The scheme will be considered by Sedgemoor's Development Control Committee next week.

The proposals have been submitted by the land owner, town councillor Martin Cox, who was not present at the council meeting where the plans were considered, having declared his interest.


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