over plans for 35 flats at Tucker's garage site in Burnham
plans to transform a derelict garage site in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea
into two modern blocks of 35 flats have this week been given a
'thumbs down' by town councillors and local residents.
Limited is seeking planning permission to build a pair of four-storey
buildings to form 35 retirement apartments at 49 Victoria Street,
as first reported here.
site was previously occupied by the former Tucker's Garage, pictured
below, which was demolished six years ago, leaving the site empty
Town Council's Planning Applications Committee met this this week
to consider the scheme and raised a number of objections.
are concerned that the 19 planned parking places will be "inadequate",
that the new access road to the site would be dangerous, that
the buildings would be out of keeping with surrounding properties.
Phil Harvey said: "The planned access point is in the worst
possible place for Victoria Street - this is a narrow spot where
parking takes place immediately opposite."
Martin Cox added: "I don't feel these modern four-storey
buildings would fit in with the current street scene at all. They
would be inappropriate for a conservation area."
Cllr Chris Williams added: "This area of town currently does
not have enough parking facilities - this development would put
considerable pressure on the few spaces in the area."
The application has also drawn objections from nearby residents.
Turco from Positive Wealth Creation in Victoria Street said: "While
we welcome proposals to develop this site, this application is
and other residents raised concerns about the access road, limited
parking, over development, contamination risks from the old underground
fuel tanks and over-development in a Conservation Area.
Turco added: "Parking opposite the access road on the street
would have to be removed for safety purposes, which is an unacceptable
loss for local businesses and other residents, particularly given
the lack of parking proposed in this development. There is only
limited on-street parking in Victoria Street and use of this by
visitors to the development would affect the ongoing viability
and vitality of local businesses, particularly the Post Office."
Andrew's Churchwarden Bruce Poole said the church's committee
is concerned about parking. "While we are not formally objecting,
members are of the view that insufficient spaces are being provided
within the development. It is clearly evident that when insufficient
spaces are being provided, occupiers will need to find other alternatives
and as our church hall car park is not too far away, we believe
the increased use of our car park by non hall users will exacerbate
the already difficult problem."
objecting include several local residents and the Environment
Agency, which has raised concerns about the increased risk of
its planning application, Abracore says the "proposals will
serve the community and create an attractive addition to the existing
street scene, both adding to and enhancing the character of the
says the proposed development of one and two bedroom apartments
would be accessed from a new road located to the northern edge
of the site directly off Victoria Street which would "allow
for maximum visibility for both vehicles and pedestrians."
District Council's planning department is currently accepting
feedback on the scheme - application number 11/13/00038 - until
May 31st and its Development Control Committee is expected to
then consider the scheme before a final decision is taken on whether
to allow the development.
Above, how the proposed modern new buildings would look in Burnham's
Victoria Street if approved