deal struck as plans for 48 new Burnham homes are approved
plans for a major new housing development on a former waste landfill
site in Burnham-On-Sea were approved on Tuesday (August 6th) despite
more than 40 objections from nearby residents.
Homes' plans for 48 new homes to the west of Lawrence Close and
north of Wallace Wells Road were approved by councillors at Sedgemoor
District Council's Development Control Committee meeting.
will be required to make a financial contribution of £280,000
towards the final cost of remediating the adjacent former landfill
site - the same as Bloor Homes, who are currently developing the
due to the size of the contribution, the developer will not be
required to provide affordable housing on the site or make financial
contributions towards childrens playspace, outdoor sports facilities
or education facilities.
a dozen concerned residents attended the meeting, held in Burnham's
Princess Theatre, following a four year-campaign to halt the development.
Roger Bowring told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We're certainly disappointed
that the plans have been approved, but we're pleased to have got
a number of concessions from the developer."
original plans back in 2009 were for 70 homes, but the new scheme
has been reduced to 48 thanks to pressure from residents."
has also changed the design of some of the proposed homes, making
them more traditional and in keeping with those already in place
around the site."
total of 44 residents wrote letters of objection to the council,
and both Burnham Without Parish Council and Burnham and Highbridge
Town Council also lodged their own formal objections. The concerns
included over-development, 'out of keeping' homes, flooding issues
and loss of privacy.
week's approval comes after two previous failed bids in 2009 and
2010 when larger schemes were thrown out.
Environment Agency and Internal Drainage Board had withdrawn their
earlier objections, subject to a legal agreement and planning
conditions being agreed to resolve the off-site and on-site drainage
officer Chris Gomm recommended the new scheme be granted permission.
He said: "The development will be beneficial to the character
and appearance of the surrounding development and will ensure
that a poorly maintained committed residential site is replaced
by well-designed, quality urban form."