Inspectorate overturns council's decision on
The Planning Inspectorate has this week overturned a council decision
that rejected the creation of a new development of 11 flats in
inspectorate has given a controversial green-light to Newton Lodge
in Berrow Road to be extended into a complex of 11 self contained-flats.
comes despite Sedgemoor District Council rejecting the planning
year amid concern that the development would create extra
traffic along a busy stretch of Berrow Road and be "detrimental"
to the area. The plans attracted nine letters of objection
from local residents.
the owner of the property made a formal appeal to the Planning
Inspectorate and has just heard that she has been successful in
getting the verdict thrown out.
Inspectorate's Olivia Spencer has concluded the "proposed
development would have no significant detrimental effect on character
and appearance" and that local residents would "not
suffer significant loss of privacy or sunlight".
adds: "I understand local residents' concerns for driver
and pedestrian safety in Berrow Road. However, the Highway Authority
has advised that the proposed use would not result in a significantly
increased number of vehicle movements to and from the site."
have seen no firm evidence that would lead me to disagree. I have
no basis therefore on which to conclude that the proposal would
result in an increased danger to road users."
extended property will comprise of six one-bedroom flats and five
two-bedroom flats plus 18 car parking spaces.
spokesman for Sedgemoor District Council told Burnham-On-Sea.com
at the time: "The design of the proposed extension is unsympathetic
and out of character with the vernacular character of the existing
building, and contrary to several policies in the Sedgemoor District