years after Highbridge Hotel blaze, redevelopment saga continues
long-running saga around the planned redevelopment of the Highbridge
Hotel has taken another twist this week that could lead to further
delays in getting the builing revamped.
YMCA - which is one of several stakeholders involved in the planned
overhaul of the building - has requested the removal of a key
council planning condition.
councillors will be discussing the request at a planning meeting
tomorrow evening (Wednesday, July 16th).
YMCA is seeking that 'Condition 15' of the hotel's planning approval
is removed. It was put in place by Sedgemoor District Council
last year to encourage the developer to go ahead with the hotel
overhaul before the new housing on the adjacent former cattle
market site is completed.
spokesman explained that the condition was put in place to ensure
the new housing should not be completed and delivered prior to
the restoration works on the Grade II Listed former Highbridge
Hotel are finalised.
YMCA says in its bid to renove the clause that the "removal
is required to suit the construction programming of the Highbridge
Hotel site to comply with the funding conditions for the redevelopment."
month, Derek Mead, above, the businessman who owns the
Highbridge Hotel site, told Burnham-On-Sea.com that he was "optimistic"
that work would soon start on the much-needed hotel overhaul.
hotel building is due to be redeveloped into 2 studio flats, 5
4-bed flats plus new accommodation for the YMCA with a public
access multi-use games area and cafe.
Tina Gray of Highbridge Residents Association said: "It is
so frustrating for residents in the town to see the talks over
the hotel continuing - we just want it all to be completed."
and many others in Highbridge, want to see a proper full redevelopment
of the hotel - not just a tarting up of the same building. Sadly,
the town is known for the hotel because it's so visible and it
lets us down even though so many positive things happen here."
Hotel has been derelict for over six years since a huge
blaze destroyed much of it in April 2008, pictured above,
followed by several other smaller blazes.
about its future have been ongoing ever since. Meanwhile, construction
of 59 new homes on the old cattle market site next to the hotel
is quickly progressing and is on track to finish later this year.