Controversial plans for 25 new homes in Berrow have been given the go-ahead by district councillors this week despite dozens of letters of opposition from residents.

48 letters of objection were sent to Sedgemoor District Council regarding the plans, including one from Burnham’s MP Tessa Munt.

S.Notaro Limited has gained full planning permission for the 25 new homes on land to the east of Berrow’s Rose Tree Paddock to include 40 car parking spaces.

Despite vocal opposition from residents, members of Sedgemoor District Council’s Development Control Committee voted 9-1 this week in favour of giving the scheme the go-ahead.

Berrow Parish Council Chairman Barry Kew, pictured, told “There was no support for the scheme from residents or the Parish Council and we therefore opposed the application. We’re disappointed that it has been approved this week by Sedgemoor.”

“There were several key objections, including that the extra homes may create traffic safety problems in this busy part of Berrow. The new development may also lead to the run-off of rain water towards nearby homes and gardens, leading to flooding. Residents are also unhappy about overlooking and the minimal distance between properties.”

He added: “That said, we do understand that the Sedgemoor housing officer has to provide new affordable homes in the area to meet targets and this is a logical field to expand into – but we question this application.”

The development will include 3-bed ‘market’ homes, 4-bed ‘market’ homes, plus 1-bed affordable bungalows, 2-bed affordable bungalows, 2-bed affordable homes, and further affordable 3-bed homes.