Published: December 15, 2011
Plans for nine new homes in Burnham-On-Sea are approved

Controversial plans to build nine new homes in Burnham-On-Sea have this week been given the go-ahead by Sedgemoor District Council despite a dozen objections from nearby residents.

The application for outline planning permission for nine new dwellings on land to the rear of 24 Golf Links Road attracted 12 objections from residents - plus a letter of objection from MP Tessa Munt - regarding concerns about access, extra traffic, and increased flooding risks.

The scheme will 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 scheme was given a 'thumbs-up' by district councillors during Tuesday's meeting of Sedgemoor's Development Control Committee.

Chairman Cllr Bob Filmer told "Councillors considered all the issues raised by residents and concluded that flooding is not an issue here given that the site is in a Flood Zone 1 location of little risk."

"While this area of Burnham has a history of flooding linked to the rhynes overflowing, the drainage board says this will be addressed by improvements to the drainage system which will benefit all residents."

"The county highways department raised no concerns regarding access or additional traffic."

"We agreed with the case officer's recommendation to approve the application for outline planning permission. The number, layout and type of buildings will be considered in more detail if the applicant applies for full planning permission."

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


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