opposes Burnham-On-Sea shop being turned into six flats
councillors last night (Monday) rejected plans for a hardware shop
in Burnham-On-Sea town centre to be turned into a new development
of six flats.
Hardware in Regent Street formally shut down at the end of 2015
after almost 100 years of business but, as first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com
here last week, WE Salway
Limited is seeking full planning permission for a change of use
of the property to create six new flats.
Louise Parkin told the meeting: "I'm totally against turning
the ground floor shop into flats - it's inconsistent with our policy."
John Parkes added: "We've already set a principal in Highbridge
in trying to retain ground floor shops, so I'd be against this shop
being turned into flats here. Some people have said to me 'why couldn't
this become a small Argos or Next' in order to add to what Burnham
offers as a town centre."
Andy Brewer: "Regent Street is nearly all retail shops at the
moment," but he added: "The fact that there would be no
parking facilities for these six flats is already accepted in a
town centre location."
Bill Hancock expressed "concern" about a lack of back
access to the premises for residents.
Councillors decided to object against the scheme, citing a a loss
of retail facilities, however the final decision sits with Sedgemoor
application is for a single one-bedroom flat and five two-bedroom
flats, plus an extension to the south elevation and the creation
of an enclosed courtyard.
is being invited form the public on the application, reference number
11/17/00037, before the deadline of April 14th.
owner Colin Morris previously told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Unfortunately,
the shop has not made a profit for several years and we've made
the decision to call it a day and close down. It's a sad time -
the shop has been running for around 100 years in Burnham."
added that increased competition in Burnham had hurt the shop's
trade in recent years. There are two other hardware stores in Burnham-On-Sea
town centre - Home Hardware in the High Street and Proper Job in