Plans for 35 new flats in Burnham-On-Sea thrown out by council
plans to build 35 flats in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea were thrown
out by the district council on Tuesday (October 29th).
developer Abracore wants to build 35 'retirement apartments' in
two blocks of three-storey buildings on the site of the former
Tucker's Garage in Victoria Street.
at a meeting of Sedgemoor's Development Control Committee, councillors
gave a 'thumbs down' to the scheme with ten councillors voting
against the plans, two abstaining and none in favour.
Town Council's Deputy Clerk Lorna Williams expressed the council's
concerns about lack of parking with just 19 parking spaces for
the 35 flats while Alex Turco from nearby business, Positive Wealth
Creation, also raised further concerns.
Bob Filmer, Chairman of Sedgemoor's Development Control Committee,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com after Tuesday's meeting: "There was
an overwhelming feeling from members that this was an unsuitable
proposal with inadequate parking facilities."
the county council says that eight spaces would be suitable for a
nursing home, the applicants state this development would have
been aimed at those over 55 so this is clearly not a nursing home.
A normal development of this size would require 58 parking spaces,
which is far more than the 19 proposed."
were also unhappy with the character and design of the proposed
development, and the size in relationship to next door properties."
Turco told Burnham-On-Sea.com he welcomed the decision, but added:
"Whilst I am pleased with the decision, the site needs redeveloping
in the near future as it has been derelict for over six years.
Members of the Development Committee gave clear feedback about
what they could like to see for this site. The developer should
listen to suggestions of more parking and a building design and
size more in keeping with what is the most historic part of the
District Council previously rejected
proposals for the site in July, but the developer said its
new scheme had addressed the comments.
town councillor Peter Burridge-Clayton told a recent meeting of
the council's planning applications committee: "There are
a few minor changes but our previous objections about the development
being out of keeping and having too few parking spaces remain."
site was previously occupied by the former Tucker's Garage, which
was demolished six years ago, as we featured here.