approves change of use of Highbridge's former George Hotel
councillors have this week given their backing to proposals to convert
a former hotel in Highbridge into a new business.
here, the prominent George Hotel in Church Street and the derelict
tattoo studio next door look set to be turned into a new furniture
business by Burnham couple Matt and Emily Scott, pictured below,
creating new jobs and new investment in the town.
councillors this week considered the application to change the former
hotel's use from 'Class A3' (restaurants and cafes), A4 (drinking
establishments) and A5 (hot food takeaways) to 'Class A1' (shops)
and A2 (professional services).
Louise Parkin said at the Town Council's Planning Applications Committee
meeting: "I'm happy to see this going ahead. It will smarten
up an important building at the entrance to Highbridge. I would
like to see it retained as a commercial premises, generating jobs
and business facilities."
Bill Hancock added: "I'm really pleased to see this happening
- it's fantastic to see investment in Highbridge town centre. Really
Cllr John Parkes said: "I echo those sentiments. This will
be a positive development. We need to keep shops in the town centre
and I fully support the proposals."
Andy Brewer, Committee Chairman, added: "These plans are fully
in line with our strategy for this part of the town centre."
fnal decision rests with Sedgemoor District Council. A seperate
planning application for the site is also due to be considered in
the New Year.
George Hotel closed earlier this year and is understood to have
been built around 1775 as a Coaching Inn. The shop next door has
lain empty for a number of years, having previously been a newsagent
and will be remembered by many locally as the factory shops of the
former Bacon Factory and Creamery which were once major employers