for four new homes next to Burnham care home are rejected
to build four new homes in the grounds of a Burnham-On-Sea nursing
home have been rejected by district councillors this week amid concern
that the scheme would result in the loss of protected trees and
adversely affect the character of the surrounding area.
to the south of Burnham Nursing Home in Oxford Street, pictured,
had been earmarked for the development of four new detached homes
by the owners, County Court Care.
the bid for outline planning permission was turned down by Sedgemoor
District Council's Development Control Committee on Tuesday (November
voted to refuse the scheme after deciding the application "would
result in the loss of a number of trees, currently protected by
a Tree Preservation Order, which are considered to contribute to
the setting of the existing building as well as the adjacent street
scene. Their removal would have an adverse impact on the character
of the area."
local authority is also not satisfied that the development would
be acceptable relative to the character of the area or the amenity
of neighbouring residents."
case officer Shanta Parsons added: "It has not been satisfactorily
demonstrated that four detached dwellings could be accommodated
on the site without impacting detrimentally on the protected trees
and the character of the area."
district council's view is contrary to the opinion of Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge Town Council.
The red highlighted area shows the site of the proposed homes
Town Council's Planning Applications Committee - which initially
raised safety concerns about the scheme - said: "Our original
objections have been addressed, therefore we would now like to support
the application on the grounds of meeting local housing needs. It
is an appropriate development for the location."
care home owners had planned to widen the entrance onto Oxford Street
by demolishing part of the boundary wall to make its access easier