January 31, 2011
residents and councillors oppose take-away plan
proposals to turn a former antiques shop into a food take-away
in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea have this week been strongly opposed
by town councillors and residents.
An application to 'change the use' of the former Castle Antiques
shop at 53 Victoria Street was considered by Burnham and Highbridge
Town Council's Planning Applications Committee on Monday evening
have raised "strong objections" to the scheme amid concerns
regarding parking problems, late night noise and the business
being "out of character" with the surrounding area.
resident Ollie Hulme, pictured, is one of several local people
to have voiced opposition to the plans. He told Monday's meeting:
"I am one of several residents who has serious concerns about
this application. It would make our lives intolerable."
would have a big impact on the appearance and character of Victoria
Street, create extra noise, increased traffic and encourage parking
on the street, interrupting the flow of traffic. Sedgemoor District
Council has failed miserably to do its job properly because some
of my neighbours have not been formally told about the proposals.
We feel a take away here would be entirely unsuitable and we strongly
local business owner Jenny Turco also expressed her opposition
in a letter that was read out at the meeting.
warned that the "vitality and viability of the town centre
is being hurt" by the continual loss of retail shops and
she added that the proposed take-away would likely create noise,
pollution and increased night-time anti-social behaviour. She
also claimed the proposals would be "detrimental" to
the conservation area in which the premises are located.
Peter Burridge-Clayton said: "I strongly agree with the residents.
That end of town has been suffering in recent years from shop
closures and I would not want to see the loss of another retail
outlet. It's predominantly a residential area and it would not
be appropriate to have a take-away there."
Chris Williams added: "We expressed concerns last year regarding
the lack of car parking spaces in that part of Victoria Street
when we considered the flats scheme for the former Tuckers Garage
site. With that application being approved by Sedgemoor, the issue
is now even more of a concern."
Cllr Pat Burge added: "If there's an event being held at
St Andrew's Church in the evening there will be nowhere left for
anyone to park."
"potential heath hazards" to nearby residents from extractors
issuing food vapours and other material into the atmosphere were
raised by Cllr Janet Keen.
Cllr Joe Leach added: "These proposals would have a big impact
on the exterior of a very nice old building. Adding extractor
fans and other changes here would damage its character."
Cllr Ken Smout cautioned: "While parking and noise are problems
here, we should also be aware that there are few food facilities
at that end of town despite the large number of homes there."
applicant, Mr S Hossain, who has applied for a change of use for
the shop from Class A1 to Class A5 to a hot food takeaway, will
now have to await a final decision is expected to be made by Sedgemoor
District Council during the next few weeks.