group aims to halt 35 controversial flats in Burnham town centre
group of 15 Burnham-On-Sea residents has this week submitted formal
letters to the Planning Inspectorate in opposition to controversial
plans for 35 new flats in the centre of the town.
developer Abracore, which owns the former Tuckers Garage site
in Victoria Street, wants to build 35 'retirement apartments'
in two blocks of buildings at the prominent location.
first reported here last month, the firm has lodged an appeal
with the Planning Inspectorate to try and overturn a decision
by Sedgemoor District Council last year to reject the plans.
of the recently-formed Tucker's Garage Action Group have this
week submitted letters of objection to the Planning Inspectorate
to fight proposals to build the development and step up the pressure
on a positive long-term future being found instead.
Turco from Victoria Street business Positive Wealth Creation,
who formed the action group, says they are keen to halt the development.
those who have joined our new group have signed letters which
support Sedgemoor District Council's decision to reject the scheme,"
he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
is a real desire to see a mixed use for this prominent town centre
site - with shops and accommodation around a focal point at this
end of the town. So
much more could be done to develop this site in a positve way."
and businesses in the area have previously noted a number of objections
to the flats scheme, citing parking and over-development concerns
and the negative impact on nearby firms.
Burnham Chamber of Trade spokesman added: "We support the
group's opposition of this development - the extra vehicles and
limited parking facilities at the site would put a real strain
on the area, potentially reducing the footfall of shoppers in
that part of town. We would like to see a positive, long-term
scheme for the site in its place."
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
site was previously occupied by the former Tucker's Garage, pictured
above, which was demolished seven years ago, as we featured here.