turn Highbridge offices into flats turned down by councillors
to convert a group of offices in Highbridge town centre into flats
have been turned down by town councillors this week.
of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council's Planning Applications
Committee considered the plans on Monday to change the use of 1
and 1A Church Street from first-floor offices into four one-bed
flats, while retaining the commercial use of the ground-floor.
the meeting, Cllr Bill Hancock said: "There's always going
to be a need for offices in Highbridge. Once they're gone, they're
gone forever. I would prefer to see them stay for another 6-12 months
to see whether there is any demand."
Louise Parkin added: "I would question this number of flats
in such a small location - it would be an over-development."
Cllr John Parkes said: "This is yet another example of where
business accommodation would be lost to flats. It would be an over-development
with too many flats in such a small space."
premises was previously home to the Brue Drainage Board until it
moved to another premises in nearby Market Street.
agreed to object against the plans, citing a loss of business amenity
and over-development, however the final decisions sits with Sedgemoor