September 22, 2017
Plans for 35 flats at Burnham-On-Sea garage site move a step closer

Proposals to turn a derelict garage site into a new development of 35 retirement aparatments in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea have moved a step closer this week.

Property developer Abracore won approval in 2014 to build two blocks of three-storey buildings at the site of the former Tucker's Garage in Victoria Street.

It comes after Sedgemoor District Council had initially rejected the plans in 2013, but Abracore appealed against the decision through the Planning Inspectorate and got the judgement overturned to win outline planning permission.

Now, with just a few days remaining before the three-year approval lapses, Abracore has submitted a 'reserved matters application' to seek consent for its landscaping plans for the site. The plans outline its intended use of paving that's 'aged in appearance', plus styles of kerbs, edging and flagstones.

The controversial application has previously divided local opinion - with some saying the planned development is 'out of keeping' with the surrounding area, while others say the development of the derelict site is long overdue and welcome.

Residents have until October 24th, 2017 to submit feedback to Sedgemoor District Council on the landscape plans - the application reference number is 11/17/00124/STP.

The site was previously occupied by the former Tucker's Garage, pictured above, which was demolished ten years ago, as we featured here.

One nearby resident, who asked not to be named, said this week: "Some of us thought Abracore had forgotten about this site - it's been three years since they won the approval and they hadn't submitted any further plans until now. Let's see if they take it to the next stage."


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