think the following is a good vision for Burnham-On-Sea
Don't know 7.25%
2032, Burnham Town Centre will be central to all aspects
of community life. A centre not just for retail, business
and eating out but, in addition, for cultural and social,
recreational and leisure pursuits.
will recognise that there are an increasing number of town
centre residents whose quality of life needs to be balanced
with the towns retail and leisure offer.
will celebrate its Victorian heritage, preserving what is
the best and building on this by redevelopments which are
sympathetic to the scale and style of the existing built
environment, whilst not hindering the establishment of a
modern shopping and leisure experience. It will recognise
that shopping habits have changed and that a successful
centre needs the right mix of shops, restaurants, leisure
and cultural facilities all within an improved public
realm. This mix creates the ambience of the area
charm, friendliness, character and accessibility.
improving the experience of residents and visitors, the
centre will have become a destination
a place worth visiting for the quality of the retail area
and the walks along the Esplanade, which will be better
linked to the retail area.
Princess Theatre will be the hub of cultural life in the
centre and, potentially, be part of a group of public buildings
with the adjacent Learning Centre and Library linked by
a new public space, thus creating a northern focus to the
Town Centre the 'Civic Precinct'.
the southern end of town the Pier St./South Esplanade car
park is the entrance to the town for many visitors. There
is potential for redevelopment to provide a landmark building
(while preserving car and coach parking).
Esplanade will be attractive to residents and visitors,
with enforced conservation area policies being a major factor
in improving the street scene.
town that balances being a sea side town with
being a town by the sea.
Burnham-On-Sea Town Centre redevelopment: Do you think this
is an appropriate policy?
Don't know 4.11%
Town Centre has changed remarkably little, with many 19th
and early 20th century buildings remaining. The topic group
felt it was important that, if any redevelopment did occur,
it should be sympathetic to the existing buildings . Accordingly
the following policy is proposed.
BTC 2 - Redevelopment in the town centre area
permission will be granted to proposals if they:
1. Reinforce the key characteristics and special qualities
of the retail area.
2. Ensure that the scale, massing, height, fenestration
and materials of buildings relate well to their context.
3. Retain rear access where it exists or, if possible, create
a new one.
4. Do not adversely affect:
i. the amenity of occupiers of adjoining residential properties;
ii. the distinctive historical or architectural character
of the area; and
5. Maintain or enhance existing building frontages in the
6. Have due regard for important aspects of detail and quality
and should incorporate:
i. secure and attractive layouts with safe and convenient
access for the whole community, including disabled users;
ii. measures to create a safe environment for the community
and reduce the potential for crime;
iii. use of appropriate building materials and techniques
respecting local tradition and vernacular styles as well
as, where possible, contributing to low embodied energy
and CO2 reduction.
Possible Burnham-On-Sea redevelopment sites: Do you think
the following recommendation is a good one?
Don't know 11.11%
topic group identified three sites where redevelopment COULD
occur in the plan period (up to 2032). The first of these
is Poples Yard (down the alleyway next to Hurley's
toy shop) where there is potential for some housing development
of appropriate scale, provided it accords with policy BTC2.
The group regards this as non-controversial so there isnt
a question on it!
second site is the Pier Street car park. While there are
no proposals for redevelopment at the present time, it is
possible that some may arise in the future. Given the importance
of the site, both to the built environment and the economy
of the town centre, we think it is appropriate to outline
some development principles to be taken into consideration.
These are advisory only what is technically known
as supplementary planning guidance.
future development of this site should work to a comprehensive
master plan and seek to achieve a gateway to the Town Centre
which is attractive and welcoming. In doing so it should:
Preserve sufficient car and coach parking to support the
towns economy in the peak summer months, if necessary
by means of a decked area.
2. Provide attractive frontage to South Esplanade/Pier St.
as appropriate by development of mixed-use three storey
buildings. The ground floor of these buildings could be
used to support facilities such as indoor leisure, shops
and restaurants while the upper stories provide residential
3. Enhance the public space around and within the site by
appropriate paving, seating, planting and signage.
Princess Street and the 'Civic Precinct': Do you agree with
these proposals for Princess Street?
Don't know 8.55%
Learning Centre, in Princess Street, although not in the
conservation area, is a building of historic significance
which began its life as an Infant School in 1915.
At the moment, no redevelopment is proposed but, if it were,
we think it should result in a building which is sympathetic
to the Princess Theatre.
Whether or not there are any redevelopment proposals in
the future, there exists potential for public realm improvement
to create a Civic Precinct to act as a northern
focus to the town centre area. The forecourt of the Learning
Centre (or a replacement building) could be opened up to
Princess Street to create an attractive square and Princess
Street itself could be pedestrianised between the Centre
and the Theatre, while retaining the vehicular accesses
to either side of the Princess Theatre. As an alternative
to full pedestrianisation of this section, the street could
be made pedestrian friendly by wider pavements, a traffic
table and a possible one-way traffic system.
it is recommend that:
1. If redevelopment of the Learning Centre occurs, it should
result in a building which is sympathetic in design and
scale to the Princess and should retain the forecourt area
for the establishment of a Civic Precinct.
2. Whether or not redevelopment occurs, the appropriate
bodies should work together to achieve a Civic Precinct
in Princess Street to enhance the setting of the public
buildings there and to provide a northern focus to the Town
Commercial premises and shop fronts: Would you welcome a
policy as a way of preserving the town centre's character?
Don't know 4.69%
of the more attractive features is the number of traditional
shop fronts which make a significant contribution to the
character of the area, whilst not preventing modern internal
layouts. In order to prevent the centre becoming characterless
and bland the following commercial premises and shop front
policy is proposed.
BTC 3 Commercial premises and shop fronts in the town
for changes to shop fronts or new shop fronts will be considered
in accordance with the following criteria:
1. Traditional style shop fronts which have remained unaltered
and are worthy of conservation should be retained.
2. Where traditional features such as stallrisers, columns,
pilasters or cornices exist these should be retained and
further alteration should seek to upgrade the shop front
in a manner sympathetic to any of the existing traditional
3. All parts of a new shop front and fascia should be kept
to ground storey level.
4. Shop fronts including signs and fascias should be designed
to complement the character and individuality of the building
in which they are set. Signs should advertise only the name
and nature of the business and avoid advertising a range
of branded products.
5. Materials used should be sensitive to the character and
appearance of the building and surrounding properties. In
the conservation area, only materials which are in keeping
with the character or appearance of the area will be permitted.
6. Large expanses of undivided glass will not be permitted
where they are alien to the character of the building in
which they are set.
7. Where two or more adjoining buildings form part of the
same premises they should be treated as individual shop
fronts linked by a theme e.g. lettering and colour of paintwork.
8. Where features such as stallrisers, columns, pilasters
or cornices make a significant contribution to the character
of the immediate area or the individual building, new shop
fronts should provide these features in order to maintain
9. The upper storeys of commercial premises play an important
role in the overall street scene. Proposals that enhance
the appearance of the building will be supported. Traditional
features listed at point two above must be renovated, replaced
if lost or incorporated in new designs where appropriate
to the character of the area. Design and materials used
must be sensitive the surrounding properties.
Colour of building facades in Burnham-On-Sea: Do you think
the following is useful guidance?
Don't know 10%
we try to achieve any coherence in the colours of buildings
in the town centre area? The topic group thought long and
hard about this and decided it was something on which we
should seek peoples opinion.
is acknowledged that the colour treatment of the Esplanade,
which largely consists of residential properties of a similar
age, should differ from that of the commercial centre of
the town where properties show a greater variety of style
and shops, in particular, may have corporate images. Nevertheless,
as most of these properties are restricted to ground floor
premises, it is not inappropriate to make some comment about
any painted/stuccoed sections of the first floor and the
ground floor (where they exist).
following guidance note is proposed. "Although a variety
of colours can add to the attractiveness of the area, it
is also true that a choice of garish ones can distract from
this. The sensitive use of colour offers enormous scope
for improving the street scene but the choice of colour
scheme must take account of the building and its setting.
Corporate colour schemes may be attractive in isolation
but can be inappropriate in the wider street scene. Minor
variations in a retailers corporate colours may be
desirable. As the majority of the buildings in the Town
Centre are constructed of matt finished, non-reflective
materials there is a general presumption, especially in
the conservation area and listed buildings, against using
plastics, and acrylic sheets. Accordingly landlords are
encouraged to consider carefully their colour schemes when
redecorating and to avoid ones which would clash with the
surrounding premises and/or be too prominent in the street
scene. In general this predisposes towards a range of pastel
shades. This is especially true on the Esplanade where a
previous grant-aided re-decoration scheme has produced the
fairly homogeneous colour palette we see today."