Co-op store and homes unveiled for former Berrow Inn site
for a new Co-op convenience store and three new homes have been
unveiled for the site of the former
Berrow Inn this week.
Developer Rupert Baskcomb displayed his plans for the site during
a drop-in session attended by over 80 residents in the village
on Wednesday (December 17th).
Villagers gave varied feedback about the scheme, which features
two semi-detached homes and a detached home at the rear of the
site with the store at the front and ten parking spaces.
He told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "There's been lots of positive
feedback on the whole. You can't please everyone, but there has
been a good response for having a new development here to tidy
up the site."
have talked to several retailers about having a convenience store
here and the Co-op is the front runner - they have looked closely
at the demographics and the amount of passing traffic."
He added: "These are preliminary plans that have not yet
been submitted to the council, but I wanted to get feedback from
residents first before the plans are submitted in January."
Berrow Parish Council Chairman Barry Kew told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"I'm pleased there was a good turnout, which shows the interest
in the site. We have seen a wide range of opinions expressed,
most of which have been positive about the development."
gave wide-ranging feedback about the scheme. Among them were Val
Freeman, who lives nearby and said she has no objections to the
plans. Another resident said the store would be a welcome replacement
for the pub.
But others were less keen, saying the proposals "are out
of keeping with the surrounding area" and that "the
store would cause traffic issues, particularly from delivery vehicles."
Berrow Inn was demolished back in May, as
we reported here following months of uncertainty about the
future of the pub.
Top, Rupert Baskcomb showing his plans to residents; centre -
how the store will look; above - the former pub in Berrow