backs Burnham-On-Sea residents' fight over 51 new homes
residents who are fighting controversial proposals for 51 new
homes in Burnham-On-Sea won the backing of a parish council on
Monday (October 31st).
Over a dozen residents
living next to Lawrence Close, where developer Persimmon
Homes wants to build a huge 51-home development on open land next
to the former Worston Road refuse tip, attended a meeting of Burnham
Without Parish Council (pictured above) where they spoke out against
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 in 2010. Persimmon has
since submitted a third planning application to Sedgemoor District
Council for 51 homes.
Roger Barry told the meeting: "This huge development would
be completely out of keeping with surrounding properties and we
feel would also be detrimental to this area of Burnham."
added: "It would create traffic congestion due to unsuitable
parking provision, and would also raise the flood risk in the
area because the new homes would be built higher than existing
council Chairman Alistair Gordon said: "We have previously
objected to this development twice before - it has been a long-running
council Clerk Richard Young reviewed some of the other residents'
concerns, which include a loss of privacy due to overlooking properties,
a lack of suitable, car parking provision, concern about the maintenance
of ditches, and fears for several trees covered by preservation
voted unanimously in favour of backing the residents in opposing
Town Council's Planning Applications Committee also
objected against the scheme earlier this year, however some
aspects of the proposals were subsequently changed by Persimmon.
scheme includes 11 two-bedroom homes, 29 three-bedroom houses
and 11 four-bedroom houses, in addition to 88 car parking spaces.
have until November 13th to submit their feedback on the scheme
to Sedgemoor District Council when the council's development control
committee is then due to make a decision.
Top, residents at Monday's parish council meeting where the plans
were considered. Above, the land next to Lawrence Close that is