Highbridge shop will be turned into flats, council decides
to convert a former shop in Highbridge into flats were approved
by Sedgemoor District Councillors on Tuesday (February 17th) despite
objections from the Town Council.
Case Officer Liam Evans had recommended the plans to transform
14 Church Street - previously used as an architect's shop - were
approved at Tuesday's Development Control Committee meeting.
plans cover the change of use and conversion of the ground floor
from an office to a flat, plus the demolition of an outbuilding
and the erection of a building to form two flats.
and Highbridge Town Council had raised concerns about the development,
saying: "Our members objected on the grounds that this would
be an overdevelopment of the site."
access would be poor and not suitable for the amount of car spaces
and additional motor vehicle use, and on this objection the Town
Council believe the District Councils planning department
has set a precedent when refusing planning permission for a similar
development with the same access issues on a site at the side
of the Post Office in Church Street," explained a Town Council
Sedgemoor's Case Officer Liam Evans recommended the plans were
approved, saying: "The proposed change of use of the existing
ground floor office to a residential unit will be consistent with
the character and appearance of residential development along
Church Street and will be of a scale and design which has no detrimental
impact on the street scene. The two storey apartment building
to the rear will also not affect the character and appearance
of the area and will be of a design, density scale which is considered
acceptable and in keeping with the pattern of development in the
centre of Highbridge."
the views of the Town Council were contrary to the officer's recommendation,
the application was debated by Sedgemoor's Development Control
Committee for a final decision.