reaction to plans for 35 flats at Burnham-On-Sea garage site
has been a mixed reaction to fresh proposals to turn a derelict
garage site in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea into a new development
of 35 retirement aparatments.
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
2013, but Abracore appealed against the decision through the
Planning Inspectorate and got the judgement overturned to win outline
with just 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, kerbs, edging and flagstones.
resident Roger Bowring has submitted a letter of opposition to the
plans, saying it does "not have enough parking spaces for the
number of flats or visitors. There is very little extra parking
available on the outside roads and this is a very busy area."
another resident, Mrs J Pettitt, says: "This is needed as the
population is living longer and also it might free up houses or
flats that older people would like to move out of but have nowhere
to go or are in another town. This development would be perfect
in the town centre."
Conservation Officer Charlotte Westwood has given backing to the
plans this week: "Only the entrance to the site is included
within the Burnham Conservation Area. The proposals appear to only
include landscaping details as requested as part of the appeal decision
provided with the application. I can confirm that I have no objection
to the proposals."
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.
have until October 24th, 2017 to submit feedback to Sedgemoor District
Council on the landscape plans - the application reference number
site was previously occupied by the former Tucker's Garage, pictured
above, which was demolished ten years ago, as we featured here.
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