Published: November 10, 2011
Controversial plans for 13 new Berrow homes turned down

Controversial plans for a development of 13 new homes in Berrow - which attracted dozens of complaints from local residents - have this week been rejected by district planners. first reported last month that 31 residents had lodged objections with Sedgemoor District Council regarding the scheme.

Developer ARC Homes had applied for full planning permission to build 13 dwellings on open land to the east of Manor Way comprising of seven 3-bedroom and six 4-bedroom homes plus 38 car parking places.

District councillors met on Tuesday to consider the plans (November 8th), where they voted to reject the application, citing fears regarding a loss of amenity for three homes in Manor Way and potential overlooking from the proposed homes onto an exiting property.

Berrow Parish Council had objected on the grounds that the scheme "represents an overdevelopment of the site with houses which are inappropriate to the scale, design and character of the existing community."

Cllr Bob Filmer, who chairs Sedgemoor's Development Control Committee, told "A number of concerns were raised about highways access and the relation of the proposed houses to the surrounding properties."

Further objections and concerns were also raised by the The Highways Authority, Drainage Board, Sedgemoor's Ecologist and Somerset Environmental Records.


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