Prominent building in Highbridge demolished after 'safety concerns'
for the safety of pedestrians have led to a familiar building
in the centre of Highbridge being demolished this week, making
way for a new development of 14 flats.
smashed down Canal House next to the roundabout in Market Street,
as pictured above.
Hammick from developers Property Link told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The building had become unsafe and needed to be quickly
demolished because we had concerns for the safety of passing pedestrians."
was not a listed property and had not been well maintained when
our client bought it. A recent architect's report was quite damning."
added that there are "no precise timeframes" for work
to begin on the replacement building, but added that plans will
be submitted to Sedgemoor District Council "soon".
new building will be similar in design to the old property but
will be fully modernised," she said.
District Council planning officer Colin Arnold told Burnham-On-Sea.com
planning permission was granted in 2010 for a restaurant and
14 flats at the site.
permission established the principal of the development and, on
this basis, we have no objection to the building being demolished
now. It was an iconic site in a prominent position, but it was
not a listed building."
Top, bulldozers at the site of the former Canal House in Highbridge
and, above, the former building and proposed new property