wins bid to build 35 flats at Burnham's Tuckers Garage site
developer behind controversial plans to build 35 flats at the
former Tucker's Garage site in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea has
this week won his appeal against the district council's decision
to reject the scheme.
developer Abracore has been given the go-ahead to build 35 'retirement
apartments' in two blocks of three-storey buildings at the prominent
site of the former garage in Burnham's Victoria Street, subject
to various conditions.
Development Control Committee had rejected the plans last year,
as we reported here,
but Abracore was unhappy with that decision and lodged a formal
appeal with the Planning Inspectorate to try and overturn it.
Inspector Gareth Symons ruled this week that the appeal had been
succesful, despite a campaign
by residents and local businesses, pictured right,
to stop it.
judgement means the developer has been granted outline planning
permisison for the site.
a number of conditions have been placed on the developer, including
carrying out a full investigation into contamination of the site,
which is significant given its former use as a petrol station.
conditions include restricting the age of occupants of the flats
to 55 or over in line with the proposed plans for them to be used
as retirement apartments.
main concerns of local residents have been parking problems in
the area, and the effect of the proposed development on the character
and appearance of the area, bearing in mind that the front part
of the site falls within Burnham's Conservation Area.
Inspector Gareth Symons says he believes the developer
has in fact over-provided parking for a site of this type as many
of the elderly occupants will not have vehicles.
District Council previously rejected
proposals for the site last July, but the developer came back
with an updated scheme which it claimed addressed the comments
- however the plans were rejected again last September.
Bob Filmer, Chairman of Sedgemoor's Development Control Committee,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com earlier this year: "There was an
overwhelming feeling that this was an unsuitable proposal with
inadequate parking facilities. A normal development of this size
would require 58 parking spaces, which is far more than the 19
proposed. Councillors were also unhappy with the character and
design of the proposed development, and the size in relationship
to next door properties."
site was previously occupied by the former Tucker's Garage, pictured
above, which was demolished seven years ago, as we featured here.