November 29, 2016
Concerns raised over plans for 17 homes next to Burnham Tesco store

Concerns over proposals to build 17 new homes next to Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco store have been raised by residents and town councillors.

As we first reported here last week, the 'reserved matters' application covers a proposed development of homes on vacant land to the west of the supermarket, behind the Rosewood pub, as shown on the map above.

Local residents Keith and Celia Tyley, who live next to the proposed development, attended a meeting of the Town Council's Planning Committee on Wednesday evening (November 23rd) when they spoke out against the scheme.

Celia said: "Our concern is that the proposed houses are too close to our existing bungalows and there will be overlooking and a loss of privacy."

"We're also worried that the ground around the proposed new homes is to be raised and this may lead to run-off of water straight into our gardens, causing flooding."

After debating the application at length, town councillors voted to support the application - but with conditions.

"Concerns were noted about a potential loss of privacy and possible drainage problems, so we'll be asking the developer to complete the site's connection to storm drains early on in the building work to reduce the risk to neighbouring properties," said committee chairman Cllr Andy Brewer.

An original planning application for 17 homes at the site was approved by Sedgemoor District Council back in February 2014 with several further conditions placed on the developer to protect the privacy and amenity for local residents.

The applicant is now seeking consent for several 'reserved matters' items covering appearance, landscaping, layout and scale, indicating the development may soon move forward despite a pause of almost three years. Residents have until December 16th to submit feedback about the plans to Sedgemoor's planning department. The application number is 11/16/00105.


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