Published: January 13, 2011
Property developer's plans for 51 Burnham homes draw objections

Controversial proposals to build 51 new homes in Burnham-On-Sea have been re-submitted by a property developer.

More than 15 formal objections have been lodged by residents living near Lawrence Close, where Persimmon Homes wants to build a new housing development on open land next to the former Worston Road refuse tip.

The controversial plans have been rejected twice before by Sedgemoor District Council - initially when the application was for 69 homes in the summer of 2009, then for 53 homes last year.

Now, Persimmon has submitted a third planning application to Sedgemoor District Council for 51 homes at the site.

Its scheme includes 11 two-bedroom homes, 29 three-bedroom houses and 11 four-bedroom houses, in addition to 88 car parking spaces.

The controversial plans have so far attracted 16 complaints from residents, who were delighted last year when the previous proposals were turned down.

Residents have launched a fresh letter-writing campaign to fight the new plans.

Resident Nigel Kemp told "The latest plans are an improvement on the two previous schemes, but we still have many reservations and concerns."

"We feel the proposed homes would be out of keeping with the character of the surrounding development, would create an unreasonable amount of extra traffic, and also raise the risk of flooding."

Residents have until January 14th to lodge feedback about the scheme with Sedgemoor District Council.


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