signs for pier approved despite conservation concerns
illuminated signs are to be installed on both sides of Burnham-On-Sea's
historic Pavilion, despite conservation concerns being raised by
Sedgemoor District Council.
council has this week approved an advertisement consent application
from John Holland Ltd, the owners of The Pavilion on Burnham's Esplanade.
the district council's Conservation Officer, Charlotte Westwood,
had recommended an objection against the plans.
explained: "The Pavilion is located within the Burnham-On-Sea
Conservation Area. The signage is both internally illuminated and
externally illuminated which is an excessive amount of illumination."
signs detract from the character and appearance of the conservation
area to an extent that is unacceptable."
while she believes the proposals are contrary to Sedgemoor's Core
Strategy and the National Policy Framework, the Town Council lodged
no objections or concerns and Sedgemoor District Council has this
week given the plans the go-ahead.
district council placed several conditions on the applicant, requesting
that the external lighting only directly illuminates the application
site and shall be fully adjustable "to safeguard residents
from obtrusive light". Also, the development must be carried
out in accordance with the approved plans.
Pavilion was named as one of 'the UK's best tiny attractions' by
a national newspaper earlier this year, as Burnham-On-Sea.com
Guardian newspaper ran a feature on 'Little Britain: 10 of the
UK's best tiny attractions' and named Burnham Pavilion - which is
Britain's shortest pier - at number one.
paper says: "Nothing says British seaside like a pier, and
as an example of British understatement, Burnham-On-Seas,
at just 37 metres long, has no equal."