backs worried residents over controversial Burnham bar plan
councillors last night raised formal objections over plans to
open a new cocktail bar in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea following
a petition opposing the proposals from over 70 residents.
owner of Unit 2 at Chapel Street, pictured, has applied
to Sedgemoor District Council for full planning permission to
convert the premises into new cocktail bar which would also offer
e-cigarette products, known as vape products.
and business owners in the area say they are concerned that the
bar could create extra late night noise and anti-social behaviour
around the premises, which would open 10am-11pm on weekdays, 10am-1am
on Saturdays, and 12 noon-10.30pm on Sundays. However, the
owner has defended the proposals.
a meeting of the Town Council's Planning Applications Committee
on Wednesday evening (August 26th), councillors voted unanimously
against the proposals.
Phil Harvey told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We are not against
new business, but this is a very inappropriate location for a
licensed premises, close to residential properties with late opening
the local businesses to have expressed opposition to the plans
is nearby estate agent Greenslade Taylor Hunt. Jeremy Bell says
the firm is worried about late night issues and added: "We
do not feel that this use blends in with other similar uses in
this area of the town, which is supposed to be a conservation
area. We also feel that hours of opening late at night would disturb
many residential occupiers in this part of the town as there are
numerous first floor residential flats in the vicinity."
Lim from nearby Kyffins Health Foods, who is among those objecting
against the scheme, welcomed last night's decision. "We are
very pleased at this week's objection from the Town Council. We
are very concerned about overlooking and a loss or privacy, the
health and safety of our family living here, road access and traffic
generation in this tiny one-lane street, hazardous materials and
Edwards at nearby Material Needs is also among those objecting.
"We consider it totally inappropriate and undesirable that
a cocktail bar that will also sell vape products be permitted
here." He went on to raise concerns about late night noise,
undesirable behaviour and safety issues.
District Council is currently welcoming comments on the application
- reference 11/15/00058 - until September 1st.